Jack Moore of CBSSports.com reports that the New York Mets are close to
signing veteran relief pitcher Brandon Lyon. A deal is expected to be completed
this week. If so, this would be the third signing by the Mets in a recent
shopping spree aimed at revamping their bullpen. Veterans LaTroy Hawkins
and Scott Atchison were added last week. The term veteran is used mildly here...
Lyon is 33, Hawkins and Atchison
40 and 36 respectively.
Lyon, a native of Salt lake City,
Utah pitched in 2012 for the
Astros and Blue Jays, accumulating 65 appearances, all in relief.
Originally signed by the Toronto, he has spent
time with Arizona, Boston,
and Detroit as
well. He has had three stints in a closers role, with the Diamondbacks in
2004 and 2008, and later with the 2010 Astros. The 6'1" right-hander
earned $5 million in 2012.
The Mets are concerned whether Frank Francisco, who pitched disappointingly
last season, will be able to return to form following the removal of a bone spur
from his right elbow last December.
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