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Two weeks later Mets finally announce Frank Francisco deal

Dec 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

Frank Francisco AP

Two weeks ago the Mets signed reliever Frank Francisco to a two-year, $12 million contract.

Today they finally announced the move, officially adding Francisco to the 40-man roster.

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News joked that perhaps Francisco’s physical exam took 14 days to administer. He does have a pretty lengthy injury history, but realistically the Mets probably just delayed things so a 40-man roster move wasn’t immediately forced upon them.

In years past the Yankees have delayed numerous signings, sometimes for so long it becomes laughable, but if MLB isn’t going to do anything about it the Mets are smart to take advantage. When it comes to marginal players and 40-man roster spots timing often plays as big a role as talent in deciding whether or not they’re snatched up by other teams.

Francisco, who’s expected to be the Mets’ closer, saved 17 games with a 3.55 ERA and 53/18 K/BB ratio in 51 innings for the Blue Jays this past season. He doesn’t fit the “proven closer” mold as much as some other free agents, but that mostly just served to keep his price tag in check and he was one of the best relievers on the market this offseason.

  1. mojosmagic - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    The Mets have officially become a small market team. Not an easy feat considering they reside in NY.

    • JBerardi - Dec 19, 2011 at 3:52 PM

      Nah. Overpaying for middle relievers is an equal-oppertunity game.

  2. cur68 - Dec 19, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    So long Frank. If you ever figure out a cutter and where the strike zone is, you’ll be great. Till then, don’t pitch to contact.

  3. mikeyrivs23 - Dec 19, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    The Mets would be better off holding a raffle each night and whichever number is picked gets to be their closer for the night. That way they’d be making money, as opposed to paying a closer, and I’d take my chances on a random fan rather than put Frank Francisco out in the ninth.

    • mojosmagic - Dec 19, 2011 at 4:53 PM

      Random fan closer, that could work. Come to the park, pay to enter a drawing and one of the Wilpon brothers picks a fan from an over sized Mets cap. Good way to reduce debt and keep the fans coming.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 19, 2011 at 5:33 PM

        If you pitch a perfect 9th, you get to punch Fred Wilipon in the eye.

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