Mets Sign Frank Francisco

December 19th: The Mets officially announced Francisco's two-year deal.

December 6th: The Mets appear determined to fill out their entire bullpen before the night is out. The team has agreed to a two-year deal with Frank Francisco, pending a physical, tweets Ken Davidoff of Newsday. Francisco is the third reliever the Mets have added to the fold tonight, following their signing of Jon Rauch and their trade for Ramon Ramirez. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports (via Twitter) that Francisco's two-year contract will earn the right-hander $12MM.

Francisco, 32, will close for the Mets, with Rauch setting up, tweets Davidoff, and Bryan Grosnick provides the fantasy spin at CloserNews.com. The Blue Jays employed a similar setup in their bullpen for much of the season, and will receive compensation picks for Francisco and Rauch, both Type B free agents. In his lone season in Toronto, Francisco posted a 3.55 ERA with 9.4 K/9 and 17 saves.

In MLBTR's list of this winter's top 50 free agents, Francisco ranked 44th. MLBTR's writers identified six different destinations for the righty in our prediction contest, but none of us picked the Mets.


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128 Comments on "Mets Sign Frank Francisco"


3 years 8 months ago

Why?

strikethree
3 years 8 months ago

Well, I think I see what they are trying to do:

Because relievers are a lot cheaper than other players.
The Mets are probably planning to buy multiple relievers to set up possible trade opportunities. Obviously, the chances of one guy performing well is better when you have more guys. 

I like the idea since they really don’t stand a chance to win next year anyway. (I mean, they just lost Reyes) Best to shore up some prospects through trade in the mean time. 

3 years 8 months ago

“Relievers are cheaper than other players”
That’s like saying 4th outfielders are cheaper than other players. In terms of production, relievers are probably most overpaid.

Lee Steva
3 years 8 months ago

“Relievers are cheaper than other players”
That’s like saying 4th outfielders are cheaper than other players. In terms of production, relievers are probably most overpaid.
Oh crap…beat me to it.

Joe Valenti
3 years 8 months ago

yea they are overpaid but when the trade deadline comes around there are more teams willing to give up something for a guy who can hold the team over in the 7th and 8th then for a 4th outfielder. I like these signings. They need to sign another guy like capuano but actually trade him this time

nestleraisinets
3 years 8 months ago

maybe if you quote the whole thing that he said and not just a line just to increase your ego…

Leonard Washington
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah except at the trade deadline the relievers the Mets may sign and flip will likely be cheap. i doubt a multi year deal happens, but if they can catch on a couple Strikethree has a point and they might be able to get some solid  prospects from teams in need. 

3 years 8 months ago

“Relievers are cheaper than other players”
That’s like saying 4th outfielders are cheaper than other players. In terms of production, relievers are probably most overpaid.

3 years 8 months ago

“Relievers are cheaper than other players”
That’s like saying 4th outfielders are cheaper than other players. In terms of production, relievers are probably most overpaid.

Pitel Palkel
3 years 8 months ago

… and overrated, too. You can get easily a nice prospect for a good reliever.

3 years 8 months ago

“Relievers are cheaper than other players”
That’s like saying 4th outfielders are cheaper than other players. In terms of production, relievers are probably most overpaid.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

Mets are a complete joke

Shawnthemon
3 years 8 months ago

Uhhh, did they not see how bad the Jays pen was last year?

“Mets Agree to Three-Year Deal With Shawn Camp”

GriffeyandSizemore
3 years 8 months ago

Mets must be relieved they got all these relievers.

tacko
3 years 8 months ago

hehe.

3 years 8 months ago

ahahah I love that face.

3 years 8 months ago

ahahah I love that face.

iamsynecdoche
3 years 8 months ago

Who’s next? Jesse Carlson?

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

mets trade david wright for kevin gregg

bubba91
3 years 8 months ago

now all they needs is a starter..

3 years 8 months ago

damn…no one saw the mets making moves to add, huh?

Shawnthemon
3 years 8 months ago

all I see is subtraction…

of wins

3 years 8 months ago

Rauch bad, Francisco decent, Ramirez good. 

Shawnthemon
3 years 8 months ago

If you get the Francisco of the last two months of the season he’s decent, if not bad, Ramirez is decent/good

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

Mets are planning on besting the Rays at their own makeshift bullpen game.

Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

2 years!!!!! C’mon son!

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 8 months ago

Thanks Mets for purging our bullpen of mediocrity!

Signed:

Anthopoulos

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

 Honorable mention to the cardinals to! KIDDING i dont want them coming on here claiming their bullpen won them the world series again lol

3 years 8 months ago

The New York Blue Jays.  Next to sign: Brian Tallet.

LifelongMets
3 years 8 months ago

Don’t forget about Adam Loewen!

3 years 8 months ago

Honestly, I really could see that happening.

At least the Francisco signing is solid.  He’s a quality reliever for the price.

jimboslice9
3 years 8 months ago

Already happened, the Mets signed him to a minor league deal about a weak ago.

3 years 8 months ago

Haha, where have I been? I knew that. Durr.

Marty
3 years 8 months ago

I hear BJ Ryan is available. He’s an experienced closer, no?

Marty
3 years 8 months ago

I hear BJ Ryan is available. He’s an experienced closer, no?

Sniderlover
3 years 8 months ago

Not a bad signing IMO. They better hope Francisco stays healthy because he is pretty darn good when he is. 

TheodoreRoosevelt
3 years 8 months ago

Francisco is a good signing…goes some way to balancing out Jon Rauch!

3 years 8 months ago

Sandy Alderson just threw a bullpen together in the space of an hour, that’s pretty cool.

JaySchu
3 years 8 months ago

Alderson is on a roll tonight. Rauch sucks, but this signing isn’t bad.

ilikeike29
3 years 8 months ago

Who needs José’s speed on the bases when we have Sandy’s speed at signing contracts.

3 years 8 months ago

The Mets under JPR are becoming the NL version of the Orioles.

ie, where Blue Jay retreads go to try again.

coreif
3 years 8 months ago

And they got Adam Loewen, so that’s 3 guys who were on the Blue Jays last year. Next the Mets will trade for Jason Frasor.

coreif
3 years 8 months ago

And they got Adam Loewen, so that’s 3 guys who were on the Blue Jays last year. Next the Mets will trade for Jason Frasor.

johnsilver
3 years 8 months ago

Francisco seems to be ok on the surface, just not for 2 years.