We know what the Mets are seeking on the free agent market this winter: An affordable closer. We also know that Brad Lidge, Jonathan Broxton and Joe Nathan are available former All-Star closers.

So what do those pitchers want?

According to Broxton's agent, B.B. Abbott, the former Dodger is amenable to an incentive-laden one year-contract, perhaps with a vesting option for 2013. He wants to reestablish himself as an elite reliever, but does not need to become a closer immediat ely.

"He's not only looking for a closing job, or the chance to compete for a closing job," said Abbott, who has not heard from the Mets. "He does want to close in the future."

Broxton, 27, had 36 saves in 2009, but missed much of the next two seasons with injuries. Abbott said that, after undergoing minor elbow surgery in September, Broxton was healthy and ready for a standard spring training.

"He understands that he has to be open to teams who are trying to get a closer at a reduced cost," Abbott said, while also noting that Broxton could become a setup man for a big-spending team — think Boston's plans last winter for Bobby Jenks.

Lidge, who turns 35 next month, came back from myriad arm problems last year to post a 1.40 ERA (albeit with a 1.50 WHIP) for the Phillies. He is experiencing free agency for the first time, and his agent, Rex Gary, said that the righthander was open to suggestion.