Found December 07, 2011 on Batter's Box:
The New York Mets signed both John Rauch and Frank Francisco away from the Blue Jays, for $3.5 million/1 year and $12 million/2 years. Rauch and Francisco were both type B free agents that were offered arbitration, so the Blue Jays will receive two compensatory picks in the second round for losing them. The Jays will also receive a compensatory pick from losing Bengie Molina, as well as a supplementary pick for failing to sign Tyler Beede, giving Toronto six picks in the first two rounds of the 2012 draft. If Kelly Johnson doesn't agree to arbitration, or signs with another team, they could receive an additional two picks.Rauch signed this a one year contract for $3.5 million this past off-season and posted a disappointing year, with his ERA rising by more than a run and a half and his FIP by almost 2.5 runs. He struck out fewer batters than he had in any of the previous five years, and at thirty-three was starting to show his age. Frank Francisco, acquired in the off-season fo...

Mets Sign Closer, Frank Francisco - 2 Year Deal

The Mets are rolling tonight. After completing a deal for Jon Rauch, then trading Angel Pagan to San Francisco, the Mets have signed Frank Francisco to a two year deal pending a physical.Francisco converted 17 or 21 save opportunities for the Blue Jays last season while pitching to a 3.55 ERA. Francisco is a strike out pitcher, having struck out no less than 9.4 batters per nine...

Mets sign closer Francisco, Rauch and trade Pagan

DALLAS — Summarizing just part of a wild night, the Mets traded with San Francisco, signed a Francisco and won’t be reunited with Francisco (Rodriguez). The Mets’ big splash, a two-year deal worth $12 million with closer Frank Francisco, completed a frenzy that won’t overshadow Jose Reyes’ departure to...

Mets agree to deal with Frank Francisco

The New York Mets continued to bolster their bullpen on Tuesday, as they signed right-handed reliever Frank Francisco to a two-year contract. The deal is still pending a physical, but is believed to be worth $12 million.

Report: Mets trade Pagan, sign 2 pitchers

People familiar with the deals say the New York Mets have made a series of transactions, trading center fielder Angel Pagan to San Francisco and signing free-agent relievers Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch. The Mets are getting outfielder Andres Torres and pitcher Ramon Ramirez for Pagan. The moves came Tuesday at the winter meetings and were disclosed by people who spoke on condition...

Mets send Pagan to Giants, add Francisco, Rauch

DALLAS (AP) -- People familiar with the deals say the New York Mets have made a series of transactions, trading center fielder Angel Pagan to San Francisco and signing free-agent relievers Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch.

Mets make multiple moves to restructure roster

DALLAS — In a rapid-fire series of moves at the winter meetings, the New York Mets agreed to trade center fielder Angel Pagan to San Francisco for outfielder Andres Torres and pitcher Ramon Ramirez, and reached agreements with free agent relievers Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch. Francisco, 32, had 17 ...

K-Rod Accepts Arbitration With Brewers

Doug Melvin and the Milwaukee Brewers took a calculated gamble by offering Francisco Rodriguez arbitration earlier this offseason. They expected the right-hander to decline arbitration in pursuit of a closer’s role and a multi-year deal elsewhere, and Milwaukee would garner two draft picks in the process. Teams started snapping up available closers, however, and Rodriguez sat on...

Free agents Rauch, Francisco sign with Mets

The Blue Jays saw their bullpen reduced by a cross-border raid on Tuesday, when the Mets signed outgoing free agents Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco to bolster their own relief staff.

2011 Major League Baseball Winter Meetings – News and Notes

The 2011 Major League Baseball winter meetings kicked off in Dallas, TX with several teams jumping into trade action. The San Francisco Giants sent outfielder Andres Torres and relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez to the New York Mets for Angel Pagan. Pagan becomes the second new addition to the outfield for the Giants joining Melky Cabrera who was acquired earlier in a trade this winter...

About Last Night: The flurry of moves

Last night, the Mets made a series of moves that began with the signing of Jon Rauch, continued with the trade of Angel Pagan and culminated with the inking of Frank Francisco. So after this flurry of activity, how do the Mets stack up against how they looked 24 hours ago? Let’s start with the trade. Angel Pagan is now a San Francisco Giant with the Mets receiving outfielder Andres...

The Mets signed free-agent relievers Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch tonight, after which they traded Angel Pagan to the Giants for RHP Ramon Ramirez and OF Andres Torres. To read all about it, scroll down…


Well, if nothing else, Rauch and Francisco won’t tolerate much ********!   Well, the Mets won’t be coming home from Dallas empty handed. Maybe they are not the most sexy moves Mets fans wanted but they are practical, kind of like getting an iron or power tool for Christmas.  Let’s take a gander at the transaction shall we: Angel Pagan to the Giants for Andres Torres and...

Mets bolster bullpen, ink reliever Jon Rauch in first Winter Meetings move

Team has also internally focused on Frank Francisco, Octavio Dotel
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