The Mets bullpen may be depleted by injuries, but they'll get one veteran back in time for tonight's game: Frank Francisco. The 33-year-old relief pitcher has not appeared in a major league game since September 16, 2012. The Mets have transferred 23-year-old Jenrry Mejia to the 60-day disabled list in conjunction with the activation.
Signed to a two-year, $12 million deal before the 2012 season, Francisco was absolutely brutal in the first year of his deal. Despite a very good strikeout rate, Francisco issued far too many walks and was incredibly hittable. What's worse is that his presence last year likely kept Bobby Parnell from the closer's role.
On top of his putrid production and relatively hefty salary, Francisco reportedly advised Mejia to stay in Port St. Lucie instead this year and collect his major league disabled list salary.
Before last season, Francisco had produced pretty good results for four straight seasons, so there's a chance that he'll be effective for the Mets down the stretch. Still, his future with the team conists of just a few weeks, as it's very hard to imagine the Mets will want him back after this season.