Mets Opt To Keep Izzy As Mentor, Won’t Trade Him

According to Jon Heyman of, the Mets have decided that they want to keep Jason isringhausen rather than trade him before the deadline, despite some interest from other teams including the Cinicinatti Reds.

The reasoning behind it is that the Mets feel that Izzy’s experience will serve to mentor yound relievers like Bobby Parnell and Pedro Beato, both of whom will be groomed to be end-game relievers.

Considering the many years of experience as a closer including in the post season, and the comeback season Isringhausen is having this year, it’s a little surprising to not see the Mets try and get something serviceanble in return for him.

It also makes one wonder if they have intentions of asking Izzy to return next season.

In last night’s 6-5 win over the Cardinals, the 38-year-old reliever shined in a two inning stint and earned his second win of the season. He has not allowed a run in his past five appearances.