Jon Heyman at CBS Sports is reporting that the Mets are nearing a deal with right-handed reliever Brandon Lyon.
Last year Lyon pitched very well in time split time between the Astros and Blue Jays. Over 61 innings he posted a 3.10 ERA while striking out 63 to 20 walks. Lyon has experience pitching at the end of games, including 79 career saves.
With the premium on relief pitching the last few years I am a bit surprised Lyon was still available. He is never going to be a closer on a good team, but he is a viable setup man and a very solid middle reliever.
At this stage in the game it is probably the Mets best move to keep signing Lyon-type guys and letting them pitch for their jobs in spring training. I honestly can’t complain about this philosophy. The Mets’ bullpen is such a mess and at least it will give them strength in numbers.
Earlier this week there were reports the Mets were also considering Jose Valverde, Francisco Rodriguez, and even Daisuke Matsuzaka. Since I have no faith in Frank Francisco and Sandy Alderson has said he has money to spend, I would try to sign as many of those options as possible. The more the merrier.