Showing posts with label 2013 Mets Bullpen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2013 Mets Bullpen. Show all posts

Friday, March 29, 2013

Mets News: Burke and Familia will be on the Opening Day Roster

Submariner Greg Burke and right-hander Jeurys Familia both have made the Opening Day roster, sources told

Assuming the Mets proceed with carrying two left-handers in the bullpen, that suggests the Mets will have eight relievers to open the season: Bobby Parnell, Brandon Lyon, LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Atchison, Josh Edgin, Burke and Familia as well as Robert Carson or Scott Rice.

Carson is on the 40-man roster and presumably has the advantage.

The Mets would then need to shed a bullpen piece when Shaun Marcum would be activated from the DL to make the Game 6 start.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

2013 Mets Projected Roster with Lineup/Bench/Rotation/Bullpen

Given all the information compiled from many sources this is what the 2013 New York Mets might look like Monday to start the season.

Mets Potential Starting Lineup:
  1. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) - CF
  2. Daniel Murphy (L) - 2B
  3. David Wright (R)- 3B
  4. Ike Davis (L) -1B
  5. Marlon Byrd (R) - RF
  6. Lucas Duda (L) - LF
  7. John Buck (R) - C
  8. Ruben Tejada (R) - SS

Mets Bench
Jordany Valdespin (L) - IF/OF
Anthony Recker (R) - C
Omar Quintanilla (R) - IF
Collin Cowgill (R) - OF
Mike Baxter (L) - OF/1B
Justin Turner (R) - IF (DL Possible)

Mets Rotation:
1. Jonathon Niese - LHP
2. Matt Harvey - RHP
3. Dillon Gee - RHP
4. Jeremy Hefner - RHP
Shaun Marcum - RHP (DL, then activated for April 7 start)
Johan Santana - LHP (DL)
Jenrry Mejia - RHP (DL)

Mets Bullpen
CP - Bobby Parnell - RHP
SU - Brandon Lyon - RHP
SU - Scott Atchison - RHP
MR - Josh Edgin - LHP
MR - LaTroy Hawkins - RHP
MR - Robert Carson - LHP (LHP Scott Rice still in camp, but not on 40-man roster)
MR - Greg Burke - RHP (Side Arm)*
LRP - Jeurys Familia - RHP*
SU/CL - Frank Francisco - RHP (DL)

*demotion candidate when Marcum activated

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mets News: Francisco Still Hurt, Mets Name Bobby Parnell Closer

Frank Francisco told reporters Tuesday that he is still dealing with inflammation in his right elbow and has been temporarily shut down. The 33-year-old missed much of the final month of the 2012 season due to elbow trouble and had surgery in December to remove a bone spur in that right elbow. He finished the 2012 season with a career-worst 5.53 ERA.

Collins later went on WFAN and announced that Bobby Parnell, the team’s set-up man last season, will begin the season as the team’s closer.

"Right now, Frankie Francisco is not going to be able to throw for a while," Collins said in the radio interview. "(Today) I’m going to go to Bobby Parnell and tell him that he’s going to be the guy we’re going to gear up to pitch the ninth inning."

Francisco played catch last week when he visited Mets camp for the day, but when asked Tuesday to put an estimate on how his elbow is feeling, Francisco responded, "I’m at zero."

Collins said the training staff was prepared for the news.

"They thought it might happen," Collins said. "So we just want to quiet the swelling down before he starts playing catch. Frank told me last week, ‘I’ll be ready.’ (Pitching coach) Dan (Warthen) and I have kind of picked some dates of importance that we think are going to be important so that we know he’ll have the innings necessary to be ready for the season. If he meets those dates, then I think he’ll be on track. If he doesn’t, we’ll have to look in other directions."

Collins originally told reporters the alternatives were Parnell and Brandon Lyon, who has two seasons with 20-plus saves, before he went on WFAN with the news that Parnell will be his closer.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Good News: Mets agree to terms with Brandon Lyon

The Mets completed their offseason bullpen makeover on Thursday, agreeing to terms with right-hander Brandon Lyon on a one-year contract, according to a source. The team has yet to announce the deal, which is pending a physical.

Lyon, 33, posted a 3.10 ERA in 67 appearances split between the Astros and Blue Jays last season, striking out 63 and walking 20 in 61 innings. He was the primary closer for the D-backs in 2008 and the Astros from 2010-11, before surgery to his right shoulder and biceps tendon derailed his career in '11.

With the Mets, Lyon figures to slide into a setup role alongside Bobby Parnell, though he could also step in as at least a part-time closer. Manager Terry Collins told the New York Post on Wednesday that the ninth-inning job still belongs to Frank Francisco, but general manager Sandy Alderson was not nearly so strong in his words earlier this week.

"I think a lot will depend on what we see over the course of February and March," the GM said.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets Bullpen Done?, Bourn, Matsuzaka

New York GM Sandy Alderson said the Mets will probably be done adding to their bullpen, assuming the deal with Lyon goes through, Anthony DiComo of reports (Twitter).

The club had interest in a number of relievers as recently as last week, some mentioned were Jose Valverde and Francisco Rodriguez.. But Lyon probably came cheaper...

Alderson sounds serious about pursuing free agent center fielder Michael Bourn, DiComo reports.

However, the GM said the Mets could end up going to Spring Training with their current roster. The Mets have sincere interest in Bourn, but don't intend to forfeit the 11th overall pick in the 2013 draft to complete a deal with the Scott Boras client.

One Mets official indicated to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that the team has no interest in Daisuke Matsuzaka (Twitter link).

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Mets Bullpen: Mets to sign reliever Brandon Lyon

The New York Mets were closing in on a deal with right-hander Brandon Lyon on Sunday, a major league source told

Lyon would become the latest in a flurry of late signings to bolster the team's bullpen.

The Mets also recently have added veteran right-handers Scott Atchison and LaTroy Hawkins and left-hander Pedro Feliciano to minor league contracts.

Lyon, 33, went a combined 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 67 relief appearances last season with the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays.

Lyon will also provide some insurance for Frank Francisco, who has closer experience...

Brandon Lyon Stats:
2001 21 TOR 4 4.29 11 0 63.0 63 31 30 6 15 35
2002 22 TOR 4 6.53 15 0 62.0 78 47 45 14 19 30
2003 23 BOS 6 4.12 49 9 59.0 73 33 27 6 19 50
2005 25 ARI 2 6.44 32 14 29.1 44 25 21 6 10 17
2006 26 ARI 4 3.89 68 0 69.1 68 32 30 7 22 46
2007 27 ARI 4 2.68 73 2 74.0 70 25 22 2 22 40
2008 28 ARI 5 4.70 61 26 59.1 75 34 31 7 13 44
2009 29 DET 5 2.86 65 3 78.2 56 25 25 7 31 57
2010 30 HOU 6 3.12 79 20 78.0 68 28 27 2 31 54
2011 31 HOU 3 11.48 15 4 13.1 27 17 17 4 5 6
2012 32 TOT 2 3.10 67 1 61.0 56 21 21 5 20 63
2012 32 HOU 2 3.25 37 0 36.0 37 13 13 3 11 35
2012 32 TOR 0 2.88 30 1 25.0 19 8 8 2 9 28
11 Yrs 45 4.12 535 79 647.0 678 318 296 66 207 442
162 Game Avg. 6 4.12 65 10 79 83 39 36 8 25 54
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 2/3/2013.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets looking at closers to bolster beleaguered bullpen

The Mets' search for bullpen help has led them to some prominent free agent relievers. The Mets are pursuing Jose Valverde, and would even consider bringing Francisco Rodriguez back to New York, Adam Rubin of reports.

However, a deal with Brian Wilson is now considered “very unlikely.”

The Mets are interested in signing Valverde, but only on their terms. Rubin suggests the Mets might be prepared to guarantee Valverde $4MM on a deal with significant incentives. Though the Mets have some interest in Rodriguez, he is believed to be seeking about $7MM, according to Rubin. Both free agent right-handers are clients of the Boras Corporation.

The Mets visited Roy Oswalt to convince him to join the team as its closer, Rubin reports. Oswalt is not interested in becoming a closer, so he’s no longer an option for GM Sandy Alderson. The Mets have one serious offer out to a late-inning reliever who’s not a closer, Rubin adds. The team expects to hear back from the player shortly.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mets sign RHP LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal

The Mets have signed LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale (on Twitter).

The 40-year-old Hawkins was effective in 42 innings for the Angels last season, pitching to a 3.64 ERA, 4.9 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9.

His fastball still averaged 92.3 mph, according to FanGraphs, though his 5.4% swinging strike rate was the lowest of his lengthy career.

If Hawkins makes the roster, the Mets will become the tenth team for which he's pitched at the Major League level. The Reynolds Sports Management client has a career 4.45 ERA, 6.0 K/9, 2.9 BB/9 and 47.8 percent ground-ball rate in 1303 2/3 innings.

He's been significantly better as a reliever (3.36 ERA in 518 1/3 innings) than he was a starter early on in his career (6.11 ERA in 785 1/3 innings).
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