The Mets officially announced that they have finalized their one year deal with reliever Brandon Lyon.
They specifically highlighted that Lyon had had two 20-save seasons in his career which points to what most of us speculated regarding his chances to close for the Mets should Frank Francisco falter.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the base salary will be between $750K – $900K. But the total value of the contract can be worth as much as $2.4 Million with incentives built in.
Several teams were interested in Lyon including the Giants and Blue Jays, however the Mets were able to reel him in.
One of Sandy Alderson’s main priorities this offseason was to stabilize the bullpen, and this signing is definitely a step in that direction.
Lyon’s role is yet to be defined, but he should be in the mix to nail down the closer role this spring. Over his 11 year career, he has accumulated 79 saves and a 4.12 ERA.
Yesterday, Terry Collins told the NY Post that Frank Francisco is still the closer, but if Francisco stumbles or does not bounce back from the relatively minor procedure, he will have a fallback in Lyon. Essentially, the Mets have created a situation in which Francisco is not the only option, and will be pushed to succeed.
“We have some quality guys to get us to the ninth inning now,” Collins said of the bullpen. “We think we’ve gotten better. Now we have to go out and prove it.’’
I like this year’s version of the bullpen revamp better than the previous two. But like Collins said, now it’s time to go out there and prove it.