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  1. White Sox call up former Mets closer Frank Francisco

    May 12, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Veteran reliever Frank Francisco is back in the majors, as the White Sox have called up the 34-year-old right-hander from Triple-A.

  2. White Sox sign Frank Francisco

    Apr 14, 2014, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Veteran reliever Frank Francisco has signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox.

  3. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  4. Alderson: Mets don’t expect to give out $100 million contract this winter

    Nov 11, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson AP

    The Mets have some money to spend this offseason with the contracts of Johan Santana, Jason Bay, and Frank Francisco coming off the books, but don’t expect them to go after any of the big ticket items in free agency. Alderson pledges aggressive approach this winter but unwilling to go over $100 million for a…

  5. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  6. Billy Hamilton had the Mets totally psyched out

    Sep 23, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton

    Reds manager Dusty Baker declined to start Billy Hamilton again Monday after his three-hit day Sunday, instead reserving him for pinch-running duties. When he did go to him in the eighth, it produced a memorable sequence. Hamilton pinch-ran for Ryan Hanigan with two outs and none on in a tie game in the bottom of…

  7. Frank Francisco leaves with wrist injury

    Sep 14, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    Mets reliever Frank Francisco had to exit in the eighth inning of this afternoon’s game against the Marlins after being hit in the wrist by a Logan Morrison line drive. Manager Terry Collins had called on Francisco after Christian Yelich led off the inning with a double. The right-hander promptly struck out Giancarlo Stanton, then…

  8. Shaun Marcum calls out Mets TV announcers

    Sep 14, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum

    Shaun Marcum has a lot of spare time on his hands right now since he’s recovering from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, so he took to Twitter early yesterday to criticize the Mets television announcers. Marcum was apparently compelled to write after Ron Darling criticized Frank Francisco for hitting Jayson Werth with a pitch on…

  9. Mets closer Bobby Parnell needs neck surgery

    Sep 10, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bobby Parnell

    Mets closer Bobby Parnell, who was shut down more than a month ago with a herniated disk in his neck, will undergo surgery at some point according to manager Terry Collins. Parnell tried to rest and rehab the injury and also got an epidural injection, but the problem remained. He fared well stepping into the…

  10. UPDATE: Frank Francisco diagnosed with mild flexor pronator strain

    May 13, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    UPDATE: It turns out it wasn’t all good news for Francisco. Mets assistant general manager John Ricco told Rubin that the veteran reliever was actually diagnosed with a mild strain of the flexor pronator in his right elbow. Either way, he’s going to rest for 72 hours before attempting to throw again. 6:32 PM: Frank…

  11. Frank Francisco experiencing renewed elbow discomfort

    May 12, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

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    ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin has the news out of Port St. Lucie, Florida: Injured New York Mets closer Frank Francisco suffered a setback as he experienced discomfort in his right elbow and missed his bullpen session Saturday, manager Terry Collins said. Collins said Francisco, who is on the disabled list, will be seen by a doctor this week.…

  12. Frank Francisco makes scoreless rehab appearance

    May 6, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    After various setbacks in his recovery from December elbow surgery Frank Francisco resumed a minor-league rehab assignment yesterday by throwing a scoreless inning at high Single-A. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Francisco was clocked at 93-94 miles per hour while striking out two of the three batters he faced. Bobby Parnell has…

  13. Frank Francisco ready to begin rehab assignment

    Apr 16, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    Mets right-hander Frank Francisco will begin a minor-league rehab assignment today at Single-A, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Francisco underwent minor elbow surgery in December and began the season on the disabled list after some setbacks in his recovery during spring training, opening the door for Bobby Parnell to serve as the…

  14. 2013 Preview: New York Mets

    Mar 15, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The New York Mets. The Big Question: Can David Wright carry the Mets to .500? The Mets are in a…

  15. Terry Collins doesn’t expect Frank Francisco to be ready for the season

    Mar 2, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    Frank Francisco AP

    Frank Francisco arrived at camp with some inflammation following December surgery to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow, but he managed to resume throwing earlier this week. Relievers generally don’t need much time to get tuned up for the season, but Mets manager Terry Collins isn’t counting on him. According to Adam Rubin…

  16. Frank Francisco resumes throwing, expects to be ready for Opening Day

    Feb 26, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    Frank Francisco shook off his elbow problems to throw yesterday for the first time since being shut down with soreness two weeks ago, making tosses from 60 feet on flat ground. According to manager Terry Collins “he threw fine” and was “nice and free and easy.” Francisco had swelling and soreness stemming from his December…

  17. Frank Francisco expected to start throwing again Monday

    Feb 21, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    The Mets have already made plans for what happens if Frank Francisco has to begin the season the disabled list following a setback with his elbow injury, but he’s been cleared to start throwing again. Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Francisco is scheduled to play catch Monday, which is the first…

  18. Mets maintaining interest in reliever Jose Valverde

    Feb 17, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

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    Ken Davidoff of the New York Post has the goods: The door remains “slightly ajar” for free agent Jose Valverde to join the Mets as their closer, an industry source told The Post. As with the Mets’ pursuit of Michael Bourn, you bet against this actually happening. But this is considerably less complicated than the Bourn…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. Brandon Lyon and Mets finalize one-year deal

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Brandon Lyon Getty

    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…

  22. Terry Collins says Frank Francisco will be the Mets’ closer

    Feb 7, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    Several times in the past few weeks Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has avoided saying that Frank Francisco has the closer job locked down following a rough 2012, but manger Terry Collins said just that yesterday. “He is the closer,” Collins said, via Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. “We saw last year when…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. The Mets are pursuing Jose Valverde

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    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,…

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