New York Mets Sign Frank Francisco to Close Games In 2012

By Craig Williams

The New York Mets went into the offseason in need of a closer and they have found one.  Frank Francisco was inked to a two year deal (pending a physical) and will hold down the ninth inning for the New York Mets.  Frank Francisco pitched to a 3.55 ERA/3.80 FIP in 2011 with a 9.41 K/9 in 50.2 innings.  I’m pretty satisfied with this deal.  The last thing the New York Mets needed to do was pour a ton of money into their bullpen.  They avoid that here as Frank Francisco’s deal is “only” worth $12 million over the next two seasons.

I can’t remember who suggested this, but someone mentioned that Francisco could turn into a solid trade chip for the Mets.  I know it’s a little bit ridiculous, but I have to agree and I can’t help but think ahead to the possibility of acquiring a solid prospect at the 2012 Trade Deadline.  I’m in full-blown rebuilding mode – even if the Mets haven’t quite reached that point.  Let me pump the brakes a little bit because the dude hasn’t even thrown a single pitch for the Mets and I’m trading him away.  In terms of his performance for the Mets, I think he’ll be a solid producer in Queens.

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