Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 10/30/12
Tampa Bay signed the best contract of this past off-season Sandy Alderson signed Frank Francisco to a two year deal worth $12 million this past off-season. He then signed John Rauch to a 1-year deal worth $3.5 Million.  At the time I was happy because we needed a closer and Francisco had been a pretty decent decent reliever over his career. He was by no means a stud closer, but we needed help and I was just happy to see some moves made in an attempt to fix our bullpen woes. Rauch was a solid reliever coming off a tough year, but had closer experience, so if nothing else he would be a solid setup guy for us. The one thing I wasn’t thrilled about was the money we gave Frankie, and the fact that we guaranteed him two years at that amount. He earned $5.5 million in 2012 and will earn $6.5 million in 2013, which is a bargain for a good closer, but I really can’t call Francisco a good closer. He is mediocre at best and unreliable. As we saw this season, his numbers were awful and he was v...
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