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The Mets had a busy Tuesday night in Dallas

signed Jon Rauch 2009 Topps card from my collection

After a couple of months of inaction, the New York Mets made what will probably be their big splash of the off-season last night.

Frank Francisco, late of the Toronto Blue Jays, reportedly agreed to a two-year contract worth $12 million and appears likely to be the Mets’ closer.

Jon Rauch, the 6′ 10″ reliever who also played for Toronto this season, reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal.

And Sandy Alderson shipped Angel Pagan out to San Francisco in exchange for reliever Ramon Ramirez and outfielder Andres Torres.

The bullpen will have a new look, one that will hopefully result in fewer blown saves than the 2011 version.  Perhaps Pagan and Torres will both benefit from a change of scenery.

While Tuesday night’s additions will not make the Mets into playoff contenders, it’s a lot more fun to have something to talk about besides payroll projections and operating losses.

Also, I really want a picture of Rauch standing next to 5′ 6″ Daniel Ray Herrera next spring. Somebody make it happen 🙂

2 thoughts on “The Mets had a busy Tuesday night in Dallas

  1. The Mets got little. Torres is shot. Rauch is a dog as I guy with his build should be throwing 100 MPH regularly and he’s lucky he can hit 90, which is right in the wheelhouse for all major leaguers. Francisco and Ramirez *might* have a little life in their arms. And who has to worry about blown saves when you don’t have a lead to blow?

    Last year I said the Mets would win 70. They won 77. 2012? They might actually lose 100. And I’m a Mets fan.

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    1. Torres for Pagan strikes me as a wash. Torres is supposed to be a better defender, but Pagan seems more likely to rebound offensively to me.

      Last year, the bullpen blew 24 saves ranking among the worst in all of baseball. If they hung onto five of those games, they could have finished the year with a winning record.

      I’ve never seen Francisco pitch, and I haven’t seen enough of Ramirez to have an opinion. I’m not very excited about Rauch – I think he’s nearing the end of his career – but at least he may keep D.J. Carrasco in Buffalo.

      The Mets needed some new bullpen arms, and they got them. We’ll find out in a few months if they made smart picks. If they chose well, maybe Sandy Alderson can flip one or two of them for a prospect at the trade deadline.

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