The Mets already signed Jon Rauch and traded away Angel Pagan for a pair of players, but that doesn't mean they're done making moves for the night. Sandy Alderson has added another reliever to his bullpen, this time presumably to fill the role of closer. Frank Francisco has signed a two-year deal with the Mets, reportedly for $12 million.
Like Rauch, he spent 2011 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He's a high-strikeout, right-handed, hard-throwing relief pitcher. Francisco turned 32 in September.
After a pretty brutal year in the bullpen, the Mets have put together a new one very quickly tonight. With Francisco slotted in to close and Rauch and Ramon Ramirez figuring to set him up alongside the likes of Tim Byrdak, Bobby Parnell, and Manny Acosta, the Mets have more or less penciled in their bullpen for next year and - at least partially - beyond.
Plenty more to come on this and the other deals from tonight.