Originally written on Mets Fever  |  Last updated 10/22/14
I'm a bit annoyed that another serviceable player has slipped through the Mets grasp at a reasonable price, Jeff Francis going to Cincy on a minor league deal says something about the state of the Mets.  When was the last time the Reds were a more appealing destination then NY when the Nasty Boys were pitching...

Like I said when the rumors leaked last week; Francis is better then his numbers indicate, he's a lefty and he's versatile.  Seeing four teams in play I figured we'd be outbid for his services but that's not the case at, the other destination was simply more appealing...

So if Francis is off the board, then who's left: I suggested Ross Ohlendorf in a post the other day but if they want a lefty Zach Duke might be an option.

Duke is a 28 y/o lefty in his first six seasons he was a starter with mixed results, he was an All-Star in 2009 in which he posted a 4.06 ERA in 215 innings.  But the very next year he posted a 5.72 ERA in only 159 innings, and during the off-season was traded to the D-Backs.

In Arizona he made nine starts in 21 appearances, of those 12 relief appearances five were game finishes and one was a save.  Last year Duke posted a 12.00 BB/SS ratio (1 BB/12 SO) in 74 PA against LHB in which he allowed a .225 BAA.  As a reliever he posted a 3.86 ERA while as a starter he had a much better BB/SO ratio ( 2.36 / 0.75).

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