The Mets lack a sure-fire closer prospect in the system. Tyler Yates (RHP) and Franklin Nunez (RHP) represent the best candidates among minor league relievers. Yates had TJ surgery in July. Nunez was claimed off waivers after an injury-plagued season and at age 26 has to be considered questionable. The best bet for a closer from the system remains converting a starting pitching prospect.
February 27, 2003