The New York Mets had been connected to former closer
Francisco Rodriguez earlier this winter. However, it remains “unlikely” that
the Mets sign Francisco, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Asked source if #Mets might again consider K-Rod, who remains free agent, and it was portrayed as unlikely--same as Jose Valverde previously
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) February 22, 2013
Rubin added that Rodriguez now appears to fall into the same
category as former Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde, who appeared to be on the team’s radar earlier this winter but is not longer being seriouslyconsidered. New York could potentially reevaluate Valverde and Francisco, but
it would likely take a minor league contract and/or another injury and need
The Mets’ bullpen has already sustained one significant injury
this offseason, as Frank Francisco isn’t throwing after sustaining a setback following offseason surgery. At this point, New York has named Bobby Parnell as
their closer, with Josh Edgin and Brandon Lyon filling the setup roles.
Beyond Rodriguez and Valverde, the Mets have also been tied
to Brian Wilson. There are other potential options remaining on the free agent
market, including former late-inning relievers Jose Contreras, Francisco
Cordero, Juan Cruz and Bobby Jenks.
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