Showing posts with label 2012 Mets Closer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Mets Closer. Show all posts

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Mets Closer Frank Francisco not having much success this spring

New Mets Closer Frank Francisco has not have much success this spring.

Francisco allowed two runs in two innings against the Marlins on Saturday, the seventh time in 11 spring games he has allowed at least one run. Francisco, who joined the Mets on a two-year, $12 million contract this winter, holds a 5.54 Grapefruit League ERA, with seven strikeouts and four walks in 13 innings.

All spring, manager Terry Collins has attributed the closer's troubles to the lack of adrenaline in Spring Training games. That much, he said, was not an excuse during the third inning Saturday, in a game that saw Francisco attempt to keep the Mets within one run.

"Pitching where he did today, there should have been a little adrenaline," Collins said.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Mets contract details for Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, here are the precise terms of the contracts relievers Frank Francisco (two years, $12 million) and Jon Rauch (one year, $3.5 million) agreed to in December.

Francisco's contract is slightly backloaded, with $5.5 million owed in 2012 and $6.5 million in 2013. There are no performance incentives.

Rauch can earned $500,000 in performance bonuses in addition to his $3.5 million salary, all based on games finished.

He gets $50,000 apiece for finishing 30 and 35 games, $75,000 apiece for finishing 40 and 45 games, and $125,000 apiece for finishing 50 and 55 games.

Rauch's highest games-finished total came in 2008, when he had a combined 51 with the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks while tallying 18 saves.

Francisco has been anointed as the closer by Terry Collins.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mets Make it official, they sign Frank Francisco

The New York Mets made it official Today as they sign Frank Francisco to a two year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but reports at the Winter Meetings earlier this month indicated the pact to be worth $12 million.

Francisco is expected to become the closer for the Mets. He was 1-4 with 17 saves and a 3.55 earned run average in 54 games for Toronto last year. He converted each of his seven save opportunities and posted a 1.37 ERA after the All-Star break.

The 32-year-old right-hander notched 25 saves in 2009 with Texas, then helped the Rangers to the World Series in 2010 in a set up role. He ranks fifth among American League relievers with 302 strikeouts over the last five seasons.

Francisco owns a career record of 18-19 with 49 saves and a 3.72 ERA in 331 games over seven seasons with Texas and Toronto. He has also fanned 368 batters in 334 lifetime innings.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Mets intensify search for relief help, Frank Francisco is their top target?

Francisco close to being a Met?
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News is reporting that the Mets are intensifying their search for relief help. In fact, Martino hears that they could make a deal as soon as tonight.

A high-ranking front office insider identified Frank Francisco as a top target, along with Jon Rauch and Brad Lidge.

The Mets met on Tuesday with Rex Gary, who represents Rauch and Lidge. A person in the room during those talks indicated that neither player was close to signing. “Hard to say,” the source said about Rauch and Lidge’s chances of becoming Mets.

“I’d be surprised if we throw all of our money at one guy,” Alderson said. “Our bullpen is such that we definitely need somebody at the end. We can use more depth in our pen also. I think if we can do it, it probably would be better to be a little bit conservative with our top-end guy and still have some money to provide depth.
Francisco, had 17 saves and a 3.55 ERA for Toronto in 2009. He was also involved in a 2004 incident that involved Francisco throwing a folding chair into he stands during an altercation with fans. He was arrested and sentenced to anger management training.

New York’s bullpen was 28th in the majors last season with a 4.33 ERA. While Bobby Parnell was given a chance to audition for the closer role following the trade of K-Rod, his six blown saves in 12 chances during the second half of the season has caused the Mets to look outside the organization for an alternative.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Rumor Mill: Mets have reached out to K-Rod, Maybe reunion in works?

After being apart for just half a season, the Mets have reached out to Francisco Rodriguez about a reunion, according to's Jon Heyman (Twitter link).

K-Rod signed a three-year, $37.5MM deal with the Mets almost three years ago to the day (Dec. 9, 2008). He rewarded them with 168 innings of 3.05 ERA ball to go along with 83 saves and a 10.0 K/9 before he was dealt to the Brewers this past summer. He was even better in Milwaukee, striking out 33 in 29 innings and posting a sparkling 1.86 ERA while setting up for John Axford.

Rodriguez has said that he's seeking a three-year deal and a closing job this offseason, and is arguably the top reliever on the market now that Jonathan Papelbon and Heath Bell have signed.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Rumor Mill: Rauch, Lidge, Bailey, Hudson

Here are some of the late Mets Rumors from last night:
  • Free agent relievers Jon Rauch and Brad Lidge are “strong” on the Mets’ radar, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post (on Twitter).
  • The Mets inquired on Andrew Bailey, but they don’t seem to be willing to meet Oakland’s asking price, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (on Twitter). The Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Mariners and Reds are also interested in the former AL Rookie of the Year. 
  • Though previous Mets administrations liked Orlando Hudson and he’s now “very available,” the Mets aren’t currently interested, according to Sherman (Twitter link). The Padres owe Hudson $5.5MM in 2012 and the team has an $8MM option for 2013 ($2MM buyout).

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

Monday, November 28, 2011

Broxton not signing with Mets, Matt Capps Agent has not heard from Mets in awhile

Possible Target Matt Capps
The New York Mets are still hoping to sign a closer this off-season. And the search continues....

Mets Fans have been talking about Jonathan Broxton pitching for the Mets, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen. The New York Post heard from Broxton's agent, BB Abbot, "I don't think it will be New York for him."

However, some team will be making a happy announcement of a Broxton signing in the near future, the paper notes, since Abbot told the paper that his situation will be "resolved shortly."

The 6-3, 295-pound Broxton, a 27-year-old two-time All-Star, has spent his first seven seasons in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers, amassing a 25-20 record with 84 saves, 503 strikeouts, and a 3.19 ERA.

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rumor Mill: Matt Capps drawing interest from Mets

According to, The agent for reliever Matt Capps said on Monday that the right-hander is one of his most popular clients, drawing interest from such teams such as the Twins and the Mets.

Paul Kinzer said that he's been fielding quite a few calls about the free agent, including one from Twins general manager Terry Ryan, who called shortly after returning to Minnesota's front office.

"[Capps] is such a presence in the clubhouse and good for a team, and the Twins see that," Kinzer said from the Pfister Hotel, where the General Managers Meetings are being held this week.

Capps went 4-7 with a 4.25 ERA and 15 saves for the Twins last season.

Kinzer said there has been interest from several other teams, including the Mets. Capps would like to close, but Kinzer said his client is open to possibly being a setup man.

"Matt's one of my most popular guys," Kinzer said, smiling.

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.
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