The Mets have officially signed Brandon Lyon to a one-year deal. Ken Rosenthal reported the guaranteed money is between $750K and $900K, with incentives potentially pushing him to $2.4 million.
Both are great moves; guaranteeing a guy who, as I wrote last week, would be better than anything the Mets currently have in the bullpen less than $1 million is a no-brainer. And if he maxes out incentives, $2.4 million will be a bargain.
The deal also makes sense for Lyon. He’ll get a chance to close in New York, with only the wobbly Frank Francisco, and possibly Bobby Parnell in his way. (My suspicion is that Sandy Alderson’s public declaration that he’s not sold Francisco is his closer was made with swaying Lyon in mind, though that is only a guess.) And if Lyon does close, he’ll likely earn significantly more on next winter’s free agent market.
Solid move here by Sandy Alderson. Great to see; that bullpen needed more givens, at least given in the relative sense any bullpen arm is.