Mets not comfortable with Francisco, interested in Valverdi, have an offer out to a non-closer type

So far during his tenure as the New York Mets general manager, Sandy Alderson has signed only one player to a multi-year deal, closer Frank Francisco. During his first year of a two-year deal, Francisco dealt with elbow issues in September that eventually required surgery (in December) to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow. The good news he should be fine for the start of spring training. The bad news is the 33-year-old reliever who had a sub-par first year with NY — converting 23 saves in 26 opportunities while posting a 5.54 ERA — will earn $6.5 million in 2013:

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According to, general manager Sandy Alderson told SNY Mets Hot Stove he is not comfortable with Francisco being the clubs closer, saying:Frank Francisco-Baron

“I don’t know if we can have a lot of confidence in where we are. I hope that Frankie is able to step up. We’ve taken a lot of time to look at other possibilities and ways we can shore this up. At this point, we have added some pitching, but more of the front-end of the bullpen as opposed to the back-end. But no, not terribly comfortable, but I hope Frankie, over the next few weeks, does something to dispel that comfort. …I think we are going to have another guy or two, between now and Spring Training. Now, whether it’s a back-end guy that will really compete with Frankie, or whether Frankie is the guy going in and the competition comes from Bobby Parnell or someone else – who knows, we will just have to see.”

Meanwhile, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets are interested in Jose Valverde, “to compete with — or more likely unseat — Francisco as closer, a baseball source told”  Valverde, who was a perfect 49 for 49 in save opportunities in 2011, was 3-4 with 35 saves in 40 opportunities for the Detriot Tigers last season. Not to mention he has that love him when he’s on your team, hate him when he’s not type of attitude:

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Also, Rubin goes on to state, while the club would consider a reunion with Francisco Rodriguez, that is unlikely because “[Scott] Boras, who also represents Rodriguez, is believed to still be seeking about $7 million for the right-hander’s services.”

In addition, in his post to ESPN New York Rubin states it is also unlikely the Mets will sign Brian Wilson, saying:brian wilson

“Brian Wilson, the closer who has been linked the most to the Mets, is now considered very unlikely to be signed by New York. He threw only 20 pitches with low velocity when the Mets auditioned him last month at UCLA, and he is deemed not ready to return yet from Tommy John surgery. 

The Mets expect to add to their bullpen before pitchers and catchers report in 10 days. They have one serious offer out to a late-inning reliever (but not a closer) and expect to hear back shortly. It’s unclear which reliever that may be, but those who fit that profile include Brandon Lyon and Kevin Gregg.”

Gregg, 34, was 3-2 with 37 strikeouts, 24 walks, and 50 hits over 43 2/3 innings of work:

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Lyon, 33, was 4-2 with 1 save (2 blown saves), 12 holds, allowing 21 earned runs on 56 hits and 20 walks over 61 innings of work for the Toronto Blue Jays last season:

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  • rcpur

    I think that reliever is Kameron Loe

  • Tommy2cat

    Let’s hope the mystery reliever is Brandon Lyon. That’s my hunch.

    Valverde? The Shake Shack can market a mudslide known as “Valverde’s spittoon”


  • Dave M

    Valverde may be a reasonable option to close games along with Francisco, Parnell and Edgin. Perhaps Mitch Williams is correct and it all about Valverde dropping his hands? The Mets starters will not go deep into games and will often need a fifth day of rest, which means Hefner might be busy in long relief and spot starts. Having four options for the last two innings and a specialist like Burke (or Hawkins or Atchison) and another lefty (Carson, Laffey, Feliciano or Byrdak) for the 6th or 7th might be interesting. Is there some rule that there has to be one “closer” brought into the last inning to close games? Gil Hodges had an interesting way to utilize his bullpen, but of course, Seaver and Koosman used to finish what they started at least 60% of the time. Dr. Ron, Tug, Cal Koonce and Don Cardwell all used to finish games. How did that work?