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Mets Sign Frank Francisco to Close

Posted By Howard Megdal On December 6, 2011 @ 10:13 pm In Business of Baseball,Player moves | Comments Disabled

The flurry of activity continues.

Ken Davidoff of Newsday reports that the Mets have signed Frank Francisco to a two-year contract. Jon Morosi reports [1] the deal is for $12 million over two years. That’s a lot, but Francisco should provide decent value for the money. Still, feels like a bit of an overpay.

Francisco, 32, is a consistent strikeout pitcher (career 9.9 per 9, 9.4 per 9 in 2011) who usually walks around 3 per 9. He’s instantly supplanted Ramon Ramirez as the team’s best relief pitcher, a title he held on Twitter for around five minutes.

The Mets bullpen as a whole now looks like this:

Francisco

Rauch

Ramirez

Parnell

Byrdak

Parnell Edit: Parnell only counts once. Thanks, Gobias Industries.

Acosta

Beato

Herrera

That’s a solid group. Nice job, Sandy Alderson. Too bad the ownership can’t provide you with even a little more money; would be nice to see how you’d fix up the rest of the team.

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