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The New York Mets are so unsatisfied with their current
closer situation that the team is pursuing free agent Jose Valverde to likely
unseat Frank Francisco, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Alderson is pursuing Jose Valverde to compete with --
or more likely unseat -- Francisco as closer, a baseball source told
If the Mets were to agree to a deal with Valverde, a Scott
Boras client, it would have to be on their terms, according to Rubin. This
would mean a contract with a certain base salary that includes potential
incentives for games finished or saves recorded. It would be of the same framework
as the agreement reached with starting pitcher Shaun Marcum, except the
incentive language would be written for a reliever.
Valverde went 3-4 with a 3.78 ERA and 35 saves last season
for the Detroit Tigers.
Beyond Valverde, Rubin notes that the Mets would consider reuniting
with former closer Francisco Rodriguez. However, this isn’t likely, and it’s
even less likely that the team agrees to sign former San Francisco Giants
closer Brian Wilson.
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