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Mets sign Frank Francisco for two years, $12 million

Dec 6, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

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10:15 p.m. EST update: Gulp. FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi states that the deal is worth $12 million over two years. Apparently, the Mets didn’t get the note that there are more closers available than teams needing them.

10:10 p.m. EST update: Jon Heyman confirms the original report from Newsday’s Ken Davidoff. No word on terms yet, though $4 million per season is a pretty good guess.

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Who knew the Mets would suddenly turn into the busiest team of the winter meetings?

The team has rebuilt its bullpen on the fly tonight, inking Frank Francisco to a two-year deal mere minutes after signing Jon Rauch for one year and picking up Ramon Ramirez in a swap of center fielders Angel Pagan and Andres Torres.

Francisco almost certainly will be the closer in the group, with Rauch, Ramirez and Bobby Parnell battling for seventh- and eighth-inning duties.

Francisco, 32, had a 3.55 ERA and 17 saves in 21 chances for the Blue Jays last season. Talented but injury-prone, he’s thrown 60 innings just once since debuting with the Rangers in 2004. He has, however, struck out 368 batters in 334 career innings and posted a sub-4.00 ERA four straight seasons.

  1. JBerardi - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Buying an expensive bullpen for your non-competitive team is the new market inefficiency.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Kudos Mets. Better than $50MM+ for Papelbon for similar skills

    • friznitz5 - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:34 PM

      Is this a joke? Papelbon WAR over the last 7 seasons – 17.1. Francisco WAR over the last 7 seasons – 5.6.

      Pap has 6 years of 30+ saves. Francisco’s top two years are 25 and 17.

      • foreverchipper10 - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:56 PM

        I think he means the collective signings as a whole, not just Francisco.

  3. proudlycanadian - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    He was very erratic last season. Toronto fans did not want Francisco and Rauch back.

    • cshearing - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:10 AM

      Very much so, Both were disasters in big situations, not traits you want in your late inning relievers.

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:23 AM

      It’s safe to say the Mets are going to the Orioles of the NL East…

  4. sdelmonte - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    I want to say something positive about my team.

    Something positive!

  5. friznitz5 - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    This is ridiculous. The guy made $4M last year and was borderline decent. Now we’re paying him 50% MORE than that for two years? Good grief.

    Obviously Torres was just baggage in the Pagan-Ramirez deal. He’s awful. Are we seriously looking at a starting outfield of Murph-Bay-Duda?

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