The Mets lack a reliable reliever, and although they have some younger talent who could potentially fill the void, virtually everyone in the bullpen is a question mark. Over the weekend, rumors arose that the Mets were thinking about pursuing the flamboyant closer, Jose Valverde. The Mets do desperately need an arm in the bullpen to add some depth, and to replace their current closer Frank Francisco, but Valverde comes with his own predicaments.
In 2011,when it came to closing games out, Valverde was nearly unflappable. He converted all 49 save opportunities into saves, and his ERA-,FIP-,xFIP- line didn’t disappoint at a mark of 54/86/99. He established himself as one of the most dominant closers in the game. In 2012, Valverde’s dominance was lost, his ERA and xFIP skyrocketed, and he found himself replaced in the playoffs by Phil Coke. Yet, there were notable warning signs in his peripherals that could have made his decline a little less surprising.