The Mets are reportedly in contact with free agent pitcher Dave Bush according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN via Twitter. Crasnick also cites a relationship between Bush and J.P. Ricciardi who originally drafted Bush in 2002 as GM of the Blue Jays.
Bush is coming off of a very poor season in which he posted an 8-13 record, 4.54 ERA, and a 1.51 WHIP in 31 starts and 174 innings pitched. His 2009 season was even more disheartening statistically.
He has only pitched 200 innings once in his seven year career and that happened when he registered a career high 12 wins in 2006 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.
At 31 years old, Bush is probably nothing more than a bottom of the rotation pitcher whose best days are already behind him. Bush lost about 2 mph of velocity on his fastball last season compared to a year ago and in 2009 he was off 1.5 mph from his 2008 velocity. Of course that makes his changeup less effective and his fastballs more hittable.
I don’t know what it would take to sign Bush, but a couple of different sources guess he could go for around $2.5 to $3.0 million dollars, which seems to high for a pitcher who is on the downward slope.