Showing posts with label 2012 Free Agent Closers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Free Agent Closers. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Next Mets Closer Frank Francisco?

Sandy Alderson's top priority this off season (Besides Reyes Contract) is to build a reliable bullpen. That starts with the closer.

With a payroll that will be shaved thirty percent from 2011, Alderson has the unenviable task of finding someone who can close games at a reasonable price. The average salary for a closer is in the neighborhood of five million dollars, the elite guys make significantly more than the average.

Alderson has acknowledged the psychological importance of a dependable closer, so it is unlikely that he will look for reclamation projects (hence the disinterest in Broxton). The bad news is Broxton received a one year deal for four million dollars.

If a damaged guy like Broxton is receiving money that is close to the average for a closer, it will be very difficult for Alderson to secure someone on the cheap who can be counted on to get the job done night after night. So what are the options?

Recently, there have been rumblings about the Mets having interest in Octavio Dotel. While I would like Dotel in the bullpen, but I still see him as a setup guy.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rumor Mill: Mets making strong push for Octavio Dotel?

According to Bill Price of the NY Daily News,  the Mets have heavy interest in RHP Octavio Dotel. He was in the Mets Reliever in 1999, who was traded in the Mike Hampton deal..

UPDATE: CBS Sports reports Dotel is drawing interest from a handful of teams.. says the Mets and Cardinals are in the running while names the Cardinals, Reds and Tigers. Dotel is 38, but posted a high strikeout rate for the Cardinals (11.7 K/9, his best since '08) and threw well in the postseason.

Bill Price of the Daily News says the Mets are trying to plug holes until someone from the farm system steps up.

Here is Octavio Dotel's Stats:
2011 Regular Season6500054.036232161762543900.983.50
2011 Postseason1200010.15431214210300.682.61

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton, Mets had interest - total ten teams

According to, the Royals announced that they have agreed to sign Jonathan Broxton to a one-year deal, pending a physical. The deal is worth $4MM and includes $1MM in incentives based on games pitched for the 27-year-old right-hander, who will be Kansas City's setup man in 2012.
“We are delighted to add someone as talented as Jonathan to our bullpen,” Royals GM Dayton Moore said. “He will be used in a setup role to closer Joakim Soria and will help solidify what we feel is a young and talented bullpen.”
Broxton’s 2011 season ended in May after just 12 2/3 innings with a 5.68 ERA and nearly as many walks (9) as strikeouts (10). He had arthroscopic elbow surgery in September and was expected to begin an offseason throwing program this month. A dominant reliever for the Dodgers from 2006 to the early part of 2010, Broxton will look to rebuild value on a one-year contract in Kansas City.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Closer Joe Nathan signs with Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers have signed Closer/RHP Joe Nathan. This move seems to indicate that RHP Neftali Feliz will be moving into the starting rotataion.

The Mets were looking at the NY Native to fill their void at closer...

Nathan has been with Minnesota Twins for the past 7 seasons. He was limited by injuries last season to pitching 44 innings with a 4.84 ERA. However, in the previous 6 seasons he never had less than 35 saves, and saved a career high 47 games in 2009. His career stats with both San Francisco and Minnesota: appeared in 581 games, 792 2/3 IP, 534 Hits, 276 BB, 761 K – 2.87 ERA..

Maybe Matt Capps is the answer?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mets and six other teams interested in Reliever Francisco Cordero

At least seven teams have expressed interest in free agent right-hander Francisco Cordero, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

Cordero's agent Bean Stringfellow told's Mark Sheldon as much yesterday, but Morosi also names many of the clubs who have interest in Cordero: the Red Sox, Reds, Blue Jays, Marlins, Dodgers, Angels, and Mets.


Francisco Cordero - STATS

2011 Regular Season6800069.2492019622425337061.022.45

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Jonathon Broxton NOT a candidate to fill Mets' Closer Job

As Jonathan Papelbon reportedly lands with the Philadelphia Phillies after an oral understanding with Ryan Madson fizzled, the Mets also need a closer. And they are believed to be looking for a competent lower-priced option, who is looking to rebuild his value and therefore would not require a major commitment.

Jonathan Broxton would appear to fit that criteria. But the Mets are not in the mix for the former Dodger, according to's Jerry Crasnick, who writes:
Free agent Jonathan Broxton, seven weeks removed from minor elbow surgery, is lifting weights and plans to start throwing in two weeks. The Blue Jays among are six to eight clubs that have shown interest and asked for his medical records.The Mets, surprisingly, are not among that group.

Broxton is probably looking at a one-year deal to rebuild his value and go out on the market next winter.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mets GM Sandy Alderson thinks stabilizing bullpen including closer will be top priority this winter

Matt Capps could be on Mets radar?
The Mets entering free agency this winter have $55 million tied up in just three players that include Johan Santana, David Wright and Jason Bay.

If they do not re-sign shortstop Jose Reyes, who would almost certainly cost them upwards of $20 million per season, the Mets still must fill out a large chunk of their Opening Day roster through free agency.

Given the team's holes, it would not seem prudent for the Mets to spend roughly one-fifth of their remaining budget on any closer, let alone one with a history of personal issues in New York. Toss in Alderson's perceived (if not entirely accurate) reluctance to spend significant money on closers in general, and it seems beyond unlikely that Rodriguez will return to Flushing.

Sandy Alderson did recently indicate that stabilizing the bullpen will be a top priority this winter.

"If you look at the bullpen as one of those areas of particular disappointment, I think we were thin there to begin with," Alderson said. "Really, most critical was [the loss of] Frankie. It led to a number of auditions for that closer role and some uncertainty as to other roles, and there's no question that blowing saves at a pretty spectacular rate is pretty debilitating on a team."

Outside of signing D.J. Carrasco, who struggled mightily after signing a guaranteed two-year, $2.4 million deal, the Mets spent almost no money on their bullpen last winter.

Discounting Carrasco and Rodriguez, whom former general manager Omar Minaya had inked to a three-year deal, the Mets committed a combined $3 million to the other five relievers on their Opening Day roster.

A group that included two Minor League signings and a Rule 5 Draft pick and represented less than three percent of their payroll.

Could there be a K-Rod/Mets Re-union???

According to the Sporting News, Francisco Rodriguez may find himself welcomed back in Queens this offseason.

A day after the Mets' former closer said he'd be willing to return to New York, a club official told that it would consider re-signing Rodriguez as a free agent.

Francisco Rodriguez may have one unlikely suitor this offseason: the Mets.

"We haven't ruled anything out," the official told the website Monday. "We need a closer. It is a long way down the road. We haven't had those meetings yet. But, for us, I wouldn't rule anything out."

The Mets traded Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers last July in a money-saving move. Rodriguez could have earned $17.5 million next season if his 2012 option had vested. Rodriguez agreed to drop the option after joining the Brewers to so he could test the market this winter and ensure he'll be a closer again.

On Sunday, Rodriguez told reporters that he had no hard feelings toward the Mets and would consider coming back to the club. Rodriguez, 29, was the team’s closer for 2 1/2 seasons.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Mets Free Agent Closer Options

Broxton might be on the Mets Radar
The Mets apparently are in a process looking for a new closer for 2012... Let's take a look at the list the Mets have to work with..

Here are the 2012 Free Agent Closers :
  • Heath Bell (34) - Mets reunion, not a chance in hell
  • Jonathan Broxton (28) - Coming off Injury, Low Risk/High Reward
  • Matt Capps (28) - Might come cheap,  might want to comeback to NL
  • Francisco Cordero (37) - $12MM club option with a $1MM buyout - Too Old
  • Frank Francisco (32) - If  Mets are desperate
  • Brad Lidge (35) - $12.5MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout - Too Much, Always Injured
  • Joe Nathan (37) - $12.5MM club option with a $2MM buyout - Too Much, Always Injured
  • Jonathan Papelbon (31) - A Real Bargain deal would have to happen here
  • Jon Rauch (33) - $3.75MM club option with a $250K buyout - "The Wookie" is a cheap option if his option don't get picked up
  • Francisco Rodriguez (30) - He said he would comeback, but do the Mets want him back??
  • Rafael Soriano (32) - $11MM player option or a $1.5MM buyout - Yankees regret this sign
  • Jose Valverde (34) - $9MM club option, no buyout - Don't think the Mets will be knocking if available

Out of this list, I would think the Mets would look anyone who has closer experience with a cheap price tag...

Jonathan Broxton is only making $7M in 2011, Broxton underwent season-ending, arthroscopic surgery on Monday to remove loose bodies from his right elbow, this after months of attempting to come back from a bone bruise that landed him on the disabled list in early May. And that was after Broxton's struggles from the second half of last season carried over to this season, as he posted a 5.68 ERA in 14 appearances.

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