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.
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 🙂