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The Mets are pursuing Jose Valverde

Feb 1, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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Adam Rubin reports that the Mets may not be too confident with Frank Francisco as their closer and thus may be pursuing … Papa Grande:

Sandy Alderson, who expressed serious concern with Frank Francisco as his closer, is trying to remedy the situation.  Alderson is pursuing Jose Valverde to compete — or more likely unseat — Francisco as closer, a baseball source told

Unless the money is minuscule I can’t see why they’d bother. Maybe hoping he puts a good first half up, everyone forgets how unreliable he was late last season and then tries to trade for him at the deadline? Eh, I guess there are worse ideas.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Worse ideas? How about the other story that they are also considering K-Rod?

  2. darthicarus - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    If they have serious concern about Francisco then by all means put Valverde in…that’ll be entertaining for everyone but Mets fans.

  3. bolweevils2 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    I agree with Craig. I can’t see him being cheap enough to fit in with the Mets “throw a lot of relievers at the wall and see which one stick” strategy. Unless maybe it’s a cheap deal with a lot of incentives?

    • chill1184 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      According to MLB Trade Rumors, Alderson isn’t interested in breaking the bank for Papa Grande and Rubin speculates it would be on the team’s terms with incentives.

  4. historiophiliac - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Well, with Delmon Young off the table…

  5. digbysellers - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Papa Grande is Papa Finito

    • digbysellers - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Bush…that’s gold people!

  6. jehzsa - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Papa Grande translates into Big Potato.

  7. philliesblow - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    “Alderson is pursuing Jose Valverde….”

    Alderson shouldn’t have to run to fast to catch him, unless we start getting report that Papa Grande is in the BSOHL.

  8. nyyanksmf - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Why waste money on a closer when they don’t have anyone to produce runs to get a lead into the 9th. They are going to be terrible offense first then worry about closing the game

    • thebadguyswon - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Worry about your geriatric wonders.

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