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Mets release Brandon Lyon

Jul 9, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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Brandon Lyon cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Mets have released the veteran reliever.

Lyon’s contract only included $750,000 in upfront money, plus a bunch of relative inexpensive incentives based on his workload, so if any team truly wanted him a waiver wire wouldn’t have been very risky.

Lyon had a 4.98 ERA in 34 innings for the Mets while flashing decreased velocity, but posted a 3.10 ERA and 63/20 K/BB ratio in 61 innings for the Astros and Blue Jays last season and the 33-year-old right-hander has generally been a solid setup man.

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