Although there has not been an official announcement yet, the New York Mets are reportedly close to signing right-hand reliever Brandon Lyon. General Manager Sandy Alderson confirmed yesterday that the team is finishing up the details on a deal with Lyon. Alderson has also said that Lyon will likely be the last addition to the bullpen before the start of spring training on Monday.
The Mets bullpen was one of the worst in the entire MLB last season, finishing the season with a 4.65 earned run average. Lyon will join recently-signed relievers Pedro Feliciano, Scott Atchison and LaTroy Hawkins in New York’s revamped bullpen. Frank Francisco is coming off of right elbow surgery, and will have to compete to keep his closer role from last year.
Alderson hopes that the new additions to the bullpen can be a quick fix for the rebuilding team. Although the new additions are veterans, their minor league contracts give New York the chance to build depth while still keeping their payroll low.
The Mets will likely finish the deal with Lyon in the next few days, with negotiations ongoing. Alderson is also negotiating a possible deal with Scott Boras client and former Atlanta Braves center fielder, Michael Bourn. Bourn declined a contract with Atlanta, hoping to get more money elsewhere and yet still remains a free agent. Although he may come at a bargain, the price for Bourn still might be too high for New York, unless they feel like they can contend in the next few seasons.