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Frank Francisco won’t be handed the Mets’ closer job

Feb 5, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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A month ago Sandy Alderson declined to say he was “confident” in Frank Francisco again being the Mets’ closer and yesterday the general manager took that one step further by basically saying he’ll have to re-win the job in spring training.

Francisco had a 5.53 ERA before being shut down with an elbow injury that eventually required minor surgery, so Alderson rightly told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York: “Health is an issue. Performance is an issue.”

Francisco is under contract for $6.5 million and the Mets stuck with him as closer through some brutal stretches last year, but now they’re set to add Brandon Lyon to the late-inning bullpen mix along with holdover Bobby Parnell.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    If they finalize the deal with Lyon, I would think that Lyon would be the better option.

    • missthemexpos - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Wow PC, hope your not going out on a limb with that call.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        Me too, although I was surprised that the Mets signed Francisco after he pitched poorly for the Jays.

  2. kiwicricket - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I still can’t understand why they signed him in the first place. Awful contract.

  3. tonyz6060chevy - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I hope this guy is reduced to bench cheer leader, that’ what he gets for bolting from the Angels a few years back.he’s had nothing but bad luck, since he left the “Big A”!

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