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New York Mets: Top ten worst free agent signings since 2000

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NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Luis Castillo #1 of the New York Mets runs to the dugout against the New York Yankees on June 13, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Luis Castillo #1 of the New York Mets runs to the dugout against the New York Yankees on June 13, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 14: Frank Francisco #48 of the New York Mets is escorted off of the field after being hit by a batted ball during the eighth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 14, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

6) Frank Francisco

Frank Francisco’s time in New York was largely forgettable. He was given a 2 year, $12 million contract by the Mets before the 2012 season and was slated to become the Mets new closer after the departure of Francisco Rodriguez and Jason Isringhausen.

In 2012 Francisco threw 42.1 innings, allowing 26 earned runs (5.53 ERA). The next year he threw just 6.1 lame innings of ball before being released in May. He earned a 5.36 ERA in 48.2 innings of work over 2 seasons for the Mets. Definitely not numbers deserving of the $12 million he was given.

It seemed like Francisco was constantly injured and, when he was healthy, was getting ejected or attacking coolers as often as he was giving up runs. His numbers were never that great and he certainly wasn’t a stabilizing locker room presence. This is the same guy who was arrested for throwing a chair at a fan in his rookie season. Why did the Mets give this mediocre pitcher with anger issues $12 million in the first place?

Even if I’m being too hard on him, this signing just never made sense for the Mets organization as it represented a complete waste of money from the very beginning.

The only good news is that the Mets were so bad at the time that few people seemed to notice how absolutely useless Francisco was. Therefore, he isn’t exactly the first name to come to mind of a typical Mets fan thinking about free agent busts. But, Francisco still remains one of their worst signings over the past couple of decades.

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