That being said, Sandy Alderson said it best when he did not opt to go after a backup catcher, he wanted use that money to fix the pen and bring in multiple arms and he did. How much quality did Alderson get back? Well with what monetary units he has to work with, it's almost amazing he got anything done..
The signing of Frank Francisco was not a surprise , who Steve Popper (of the Bergen record) nailed it and said would be the closer of the Mets as Mets Chronicle posted.. Getting Jon Rauch too was a surprise.. I did not think were going to get both, but it was good to see Sandy and Crew upgrade the pen a bit.. The Mets have some attitude in the back of the bullpen again with Francisco and Rauch..
FRANK FRANCISCO'S STATS
|2011 Regular Season||54||0||0||0||50.2||49||21||20||7||18||53||1||4||17||2||4||1.32||3.55|
JON RAUCH'S STATS
|2011 Regular Season||53||0||0||0||52.0||56||28||28||11||14||36||5||4||11||4||5||1.35||4.85|
|Both off into the sunset|
In a classic swap of players coming off disappointing seasons, the Mets dealt outfielder Angel Pagan in exchange for Giants Center Fielder Andres Torres and right-hander Ramon Ramirez Tuesday night.
All three players were eligible for arbitration and not certain to be tendered contracts by Monday’s deadline. The deal, the structure of which was first reported by Bay Area News Group, is pending a physical and might not become official until later this week.
Torres and Ramirez were hugely productive in 2010 while helping the Giants to the NL West title on their way to the World Series. Torres, in particular, emerged as a fan favorite because of his energy and gallantry, along with his gliding defense in center field. But he struggled mightily with physical and mental issues in 2011 and was no longer seen as an everyday solution.
ANDRES TORRES' STATS
|2011 Regular Season||112||348||50||77||24||1||4||19||42||95||19||6||.221||.312||.330||.643|