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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.’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.


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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