Saturday, February 9, 2013

Mets sign reliever Brandon Lyons

The Mets have signed Brandon Lyon to a one year contract. He was with the Toronto Blue Jays last season. He got his first save in their final game of the season. Lyon is 33 years old and posted a 3.10 ERA in 67 appearances split between the Astros and Blue Jays. He struck out 63 and walked 20 in 61 innings. He was the primary closer for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008 and Astros in 2010-11. In 2011 he got hurt and that derailed his career. 
He figures to be a setup man for the Mets at least to start as they say Frank Francisco is the closer. The manager and GM may not be on the same page with that though. Terry Collins the manager says Francisco is his man and the GM Sandy Alderson was less committal about that. He said a lot could depend on what they see in the spring. The Mets are done adding pieces unless Bourn signs with them. They have been talking to him but no deal is done yet. They are hoping to hold on to their draft pick if they sign him.

This is the second straight winter the Mets have made changes with their bullpen. I think this year they are in a much better place with it though. Bobby Parnell will be a setup man along with Lyon, Lyon has the experience to take over as the closer and they also have Josh Edgin as the lefty in the pen.

The Mets could use Francisco as a setup man if he continues to fail as closer.

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