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  1. The Angels sign Brandon Lyon

    Feb 10, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT

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    Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register reports that the Angels have signed Brandon Lyon to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. He’ll compete for bullpen spot. Lyon had a 4.98 ERA in 34 innings for the Mets last season, while suffering from decreased velocity. He was much better in 2012, however, whne…

  2. Multiple teams interested in free agent reliever Kyle Farnsworth

    Jan 4, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors reports that there are 6-8 teams with “varying degrees” of interest in free agent reliever Kyle Farnsworth. He’s said to be looking for a major league contract, but nothing is considered imminent. Farnsworth, who turns 38 in April, had a 4.70 ERA in 48 appearances between the Rays and…

  3. The Red Sox sign Jose Contreras and Brandon Lyon

    Jul 19, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

    Jose Contreras

    It’s all Red Sox news this afternoon, apparently. Back when Jose Contreras came here a decade ago as a highly sought after free agents, the Red Sox wanted him. The Yankees got him. The Red Sox showed their patience however and finally got their man! Jose Contreras and Brandon Lyon signed to minor league deals…

  4. 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…

  5. Mets designate reliever Brandon Lyon for assignment

    Jul 4, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

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    The Mets announced after today’s game that they have designated veteran reliever Brandon Lyon for assignment. Greg Burke will be called up before Friday’s game to take his place in the bullpen. Signed to a one-year, $750,000 deal over the winter, Lyon owns a 4.98 ERA and 23/13 K/BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings over…

  6. Matt Harvey expects to take his next scheduled start

    Jun 8, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning of their MLB Inter League baseball game at CitiField in New York

    Matt Harvey left after the seventh inning of this afternoon’s game against the Marlins with a back injury. He had held the Marlins to one run over seven innings. In the dugout after his final inning, he spoke to pitching coach Dan Warthen about the injury, prompting manager Terry Collins to relieve him with Brandon…

  7. Question of the Day: Choose your own MLB career

    May 21, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

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    What type of MLB player do you want to be?

  8. Bobby Parnell will close for Mets if Frank Francisco is out

    Feb 13, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bobby Parnell

    Frank Francisco‘s odds of being ready for Opening Day seem slim after the Mets reliever told reporters yesterday that his inflamed elbow is “at zero” percent and manager Terry Collins wasted no time lining up a replacement closer. Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that Collins called Bobby Parnell last night to tell him…

  9. Frank Francisco on elbow injury: “I’m at zero” percent

    Feb 12, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    General manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins had slightly different public stances on Frank Francisco‘s job security as the Mets’ closer recently, but now all of that might not even matter. Francisco told reporters today that his inflamed elbow is still an issue, causing him to be shut down, and when asked to put…

  10. Brandon Lyon and Mets finalize one-year deal

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Lyon is set to receive between $750,000 and $900,000 guaranteed. He could max out at $2.4 million if he reaches certain incentives. 11:51 AM: Earlier this week the Mets were said to be close to signing right-hander Brandon Lyon and now Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the…

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

    Feb 5, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    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…

  12. 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…

  13. Giants GM Brian Sabean doesn’t expect Brian Wilson to return

    Jan 19, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson AP

    This has been assumed in recent days, especially with the club reportedly deep in talks with free agent reliever Brandon Lyon, but in comments to Anthony Sulla-Heffinger of the New York Post earlier today, Giants general manager Brian Sabean all but ruled out Brian Wilson’s return to the club. “I’m going to be brutally honest…

  14. Giants in “advanced negotiations” with free agent reliever Brandon Lyon

    Jan 17, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

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    We’re less than a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to their respective spring training sites in Florida and Arizona, yet many familiar faces remain available, especially among relievers. However, one of them might be off the market very soon. Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Giants are in “advanced negotiations” with free…

  15. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  16. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

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    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  17. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 80-51

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Here’s part two of the top 111 free agents list. Part one can be found here, and I’ll be posting the top 50 tomorrow. 80. Carlos Lee (1B Marlins – Age 36): Lee still hits a fair number of liners at age 36, but his home run total has dropped six straight seasons and he…

  18. HBT’s Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Lets make a deal

    The 2012 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone. Here’s your summary of who went where and for whom: 7/31/12: The Indians Acquire 1B Lars Anderson from the Red Sox for RHP Steven Wright. Quick Take: Anderson is a once-promising slugger who has seemingly run out of gas on his third time through Triple-A. Wright…

  19. Francisco Cordero hasn’t made a very good first impression in Houston

    Jul 26, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Houston Astros

    Francisco Cordero went from Toronto to Houston as part of last week’s 10-player swap and the Astros, having traded closer Brett Myers and setup man Brandon Lyon, installed Cordero as their new closer. To absolutely no one’s surprise, it hasn’t worked out very well. Cordero was terrible for the Blue Jays, throwing 34 innings with…

  20. The Blue Jays and Astros made a ten-player trade

    Jul 20, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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    It’s a special kind of trade when ten (10)(X) players change teams and Brandon Lyon is the best of the lot. But the Blue Jays and Astros did it: The Astros get: Francisco Cordero and Ben Francisco plus minor leaguers Joe Musgrove, Asher Wojciechowski, David Rollins and Carlos Perez. They also get a player to be named later.  Man that guy gets traded a lot.…

  21. So who’s available at the trade deadline?

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    The non-waiver trade deadline is coming. July 31, as usual. After a slow beginning to crazy season due to so many teams being in contention or erroneously believing so, the rumblings are getting louder. It’s great fun, yes? Over the next couple of weeks, we will obviously be writing individual posts for each of the…

  22. Brad Mills went a bit nutso with his pen last night

    May 1, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Brad Mills

    Look, the Astros won the game so it’s all good, but this was a little nuts:  Brad Mills used six pitchers against six consecutive batters across an inning and a third. Bud Norris started the game and went six and two-thirds innings.  In the seventh, the last batter he faced was Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who singled in…

  23. The Astros have made Brett Myers their new closer

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Brett Myers

    This is unexpected: the Houston Astros have moved Brett Myers out of the rotation and have made him their new closer. Announced it this morning. This is not an unprecedented role for Myers. He was the Phillies closer for most of the 2007 season, moving back to the rotation after they picked up Brad Lidge.  As…

  24. Running down the rosters: Houston Astros

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    The 2012 Astros are pretty sure bets to lose 100 games, with the big question being whether they’ll top last year’s mark of 106 losses. That achievement will be tied to their ability to move the contracts of Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers and Carlos Lee. Ideally, they’d be able to sell off at least the…

  25. The Astros are still trying to sell, sell, sell

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    If the Astros have their way, their most expensive player in their final year in the National League could be rehabbing reliever Brandon Lyon. Even without a permanent general manager employed, the Astros are at the winter meetings shopping Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers and Carlos Lee, according to Scott Miller of CBS Sports. While Rodriguez is…

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