Found December 19, 2011 on Mets Merized Online:
The New York Mets today announced the club has signed free agent right-handed pitcher Frank Francisco to a two-year contract. Francisco, 32, went 1-4 with 17 saves and a 3.55 ERA (20 earned runs/50.2 innings) in 54 games with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011. The 6-2, 250-pounder issued 18 walks and had 53 strikeouts. He converted all seven save opportunities and posted a 1.37 ERA (four earned runs/26.1 innings) after the All-Star break. Francisco hurled 16.0 scoreless innings from July 22-Sept. 5. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, native has appeared in 50 or more games in each of the last five years. He was 6-4 with two saves and a 3.76 ERA (22 earned runs/52.2 innings) with 60 strikeouts while helping the Texas Rangers advance to the World Series in 2010. Francisco set a career-high with 25 saves in 2009 with Texas. He ranks fifth among American League relievers with 302 strikeouts over the last five years (2007-2011). He is 18-19 with 49 saves and a 3.72 ERA (138 earned runs/...

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NYP: Mets will likely eliminate rookie team to save $

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Reliever Francisco signs two-year deal with New York Mets

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