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August 11, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Brandon Lyon (31) throws against the New York Yankees at the Rogers Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Mets Close to Deal with Brandon Lyon

As Jon Heyman first reported, the Mets are close to a deal with free agent reliever Brandon Lyon.  The terms and length of the contract are not yet known.

The right-handed Lyon, 33, split last season between Houston and Toronto.  Lyon, who has a career ERA of 4.12, had a 3.10 ERA last year to go along with a 1.24 WHIP and 63 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched.  He averaged 9.3 strikeouts per innings pitched, the best rate of his career.  Lyon relies mainly on his four-seam and two-seam fastballs, his cutter, and his curve.  Right handed hitters had a .253 BAA against Lyon last year, while lefties hit .213.  Lyon will likely be used in the late innings, though Adam Rubin tweeted that he doesn’t believe he’ll be vying to be the closer.  If the deal is finalized, the Mets’ 40 man roster will be full.

Though the specifics of the potential deal are not yet known (Lyon made $5.5 million in 2012), one would assume this would end the Mets’ pursuit of Jose Valverde.  It may also mean that the Mets are no longer interested in Brian Wilson, but that’s yet to be determined.  Wilson may not be ready for the start of the season, and if I were the Mets, I wouldn’t be opposed to giving Wilson a 1 year deal with a club option for 2014.  He’d be a great get if he’s able to regain his form.

If Lyon comes aboard, he would join a bullpen that’s likely to include Frank Francisco, Bobby Parnell, Josh Edgin, Scott Atchison, LaTroy Hawkins, and Pedro Feliciano.  However, Atchison, Francisco, and Feliciano are all question marks health wise – meaning the projected pen could certainly change.  If the above seven are healthy and effective during the spring, both Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia will likely open the year in AAA Las Vegas.

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