Originally written February 07, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
Frank Francisco told the New York Post yesterday that he is the Mets’ closer. Sure, he might have been signed last offseason to be the Mets’ closer, but it’s not like he went out last year and was stellar on the mound. In fact, his numbers (5.53 ERA and 23 saves) were pretty poor for a closer. So while he “thinks” he is this team’s closer, nothing is set in stone. The Mets today agreed to a contract with another veteran reliever, Brandon Lyon. He’s been mostly a setup man in his career, but he does have experience closing. He may push Francisco for save opportunities. In a perfect world, Francisco, who will earn closer’s money at $6.5 million in 2013, will have a great season and cement his role as the closer early on. Meanwhile, the veteran bullpen options like Lyon, Scott Atchison and LaTroy Hawkins will push youngsters Bobby Parnell, Jeurys Familia and Josh Edgin in spring training to pitch at a high level. But nothing in this world is perfect. With the expectations low for the M...
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