Originally written February 01, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
You may have noticed that the Mets have signed and/or invited an abundance of relief options to Spring Training which starts in 10 days. There may even be more arms on the way. In the last seven days alone, the Mets have signed Pedro Feliciano, Scott Atchison and LaTroy Hawkins. So why the sudden sense of urgency? Sandy Alderson answered that question on Thursday night during his appearance on Mets Hot Stove with Kevin Burkhardt. “I don’t know that we can have a lot of confidence in where we are at closer,” Alderson said.  “I hope Frankie does something over the next few weeks to dispel that discomfort.” The Mets now have an official full-on competition for the closer’s job during Spring Training, in other words – the heat is on. Frank Francisco (5.53 ERA, 1.61 WHIP), who is owed $6.5 million this season, was supposed to be the closer on Opening Day and it was his job to lose, but obviously there are now some serious questions after December surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow...
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