The New York Post reported the Mets would recall left-handed reliever Jose Edgin shortly after the All-Star break so they can better gauge what internal options they have before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. But Collins said Sunday that inconsistency at Triple-A Buffalo is keeping Edgin from a promotion.
The 25-year-old started the season at Double-A Binghamton and allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings, then allowed 16 earned runs in 36 innings since his promotion to Buffalo. He allowed 34 hits, walked 17 and struck out 40 in that time.
"Well, he had another rough outing last night. That's one of the reasons he's not here yet," Collins said a day after Edgin allowed a run on two hits in one inning of work. "Like any young pitcher in Buffalo ... there's ups and downs. To pitch up here, you want to make sure there's some consistency to it all. When [general manager] Sandy [Alderson] feels one of those guys are ready to help, I'm sure we'll see him."
The Mets' bullpen and its 4.99 ERA entering Sunday is the most glaring need for a team that entered the final day before the unofficial halfway point 4 1/2 games back in the National League East. And while Collins said he does not expect help from the farm any time soon, he also appeared tentative about potential trades.
"We know where our holes are and we know how to fill them, but the asking price to fill them sometimes just isn't going to be paid," Collins said. "We're just not going to sacrifice the future for a piece for a month. I've been there before and I learned. We can't worry about what we don't have. I know what we need ... but I also know it could kill you down the road to give up some of the things you have to."