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Mets close to agreement with reliever Brandon Lyon

Feb 3, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

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Hey, a baseball signing on Super Bowl Sunday.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mets are close to a deal with free agent Brandon Lyon. No word yet on what the terms of the contract might be.

Lyon posted a solid 3.10 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 67 relief appearances last season between the Astros and Blue Jays, striking out 63 batters in 61 total innings. The 33-year-old owns a 4.12 career ERA.

Lyon will presumably serve in a setup role this summer for New York. He also has experience in the ninth inning, though, and will be capable of providing insurance at closer behind Frank Francisco, who struggled mightily during the 2012 campaign.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    And in other news, Emilio Bonifacio announced that he would not be representing Corsica in the World Baseball Classic.

    • jwbiii - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      I recently read that Jeff Bronkey declined his invitation to join the Afghanistan team.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Bonifacio has an excuse as he is not Corsican; however, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino did agree to represent Corsica.

      • Old Gator - Feb 3, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonifacio,_Corse-du-Sud

        Heh, heh….

      • mazblast - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:24 PM

        That would be funny if either De Niro or Pacino was of Corsican descent. Pacino’s parents were both of Sicilian descent; De Niro’s father’s family is from Campobasso province, on the Adriatic Sea (his mother was Irish).

        Maybe one of them could overact being Corsican?

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Having seen both Francisco and Lyon pitch for the Jays in the last 2 seasons, the Mets should go with Lyon. He is much better than Francisco.

  3. dondada10 - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Sweet. Sign Bourn to play center and lead-off, and the Mets could be on to something.

    • bolweevils2 - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      Yeah, they’d be on to 4th place. Without Bourn, they still might be on to 4th place anyway. Is increasing your chance of finishing 4th worth giving up your first round draft pick?

  4. thebadguyswon - Feb 3, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Pardon me while I go light off some celebratory fireworks and smoke a victory cigar.

  5. kelshannon19 - Feb 3, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Don’t let the 3. Whatever ERA fool you, Mets fans. This guy is the most unclutch reliever in baseball. He caused so much heart ache when he came into games for the Astros. (Among other things)

    • bolweevils2 - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      More unclutch than Francisco and Parnell? Seems unlikely.

  6. thedudabides - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    With adding feliciano, Hawkins, and Lyon if they add a closer with the pieces they already have, they have the possibility of a real solid bullpen. Already a definite upgrade from last season. Sign Bourn, and with their infield and SP’s they already have and coming (wheeler) they could be on to something. Quietly but surely. In sandy we trust. Lets to Mets.

    • sdelmonte - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Great name.

      I just wish they would sign one more outfielder. I am not all gloom and doom about the Tepid Trio of Citi Field but when even Sandy admits it’s a problem, I wonder when he will try to do something about it.

      • bolweevils2 - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Sign one more outfielder sounds good, but who? All that’s left is Bourn, Abreu, Damon, Podsednick, and Sizemore. You don’t want to give up your #1 draft pick just to get Bourn for what will be a lost 2013 season either with or without him, and the other guys are just as lousy as what they’ve got already.

  7. thedudabides - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    But they wouldn’t only have Bourn for a “lost” 2013 season. He would still be on the team while they are competing in 2 years…. The pick would be nice, but they also need a major league player in the OF. It’s terrible right now. Bourn also makes them a strong team up the middle, with D’arnoud, Tejada, Murphy, and Bourn.

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