Mets Close in on Another Closer, Brandon Lyon

Jack Moore of reports that the New York Mets are close to signing veteran relief pitcher Brandon Lyon.  A deal is expected to be completed this week.   If so, this would be the third signing by the Mets in a recent shopping spree aimed at revamping their bullpen.  Veterans LaTroy Hawkins and Scott Atchison were added last week. The term veteran is used mildly here... Lyon is 33, Hawkins and Atchison 40 and 36 respectively.

Lyon, a native of Salt lake City, Utah pitched in 2012 for the Astros and Blue Jays, accumulating 65 appearances, all in relief.  Originally signed by the Toronto, he has spent time with Arizona, Boston, and Detroit as well.  He has had three stints in a closers role, with the Diamondbacks in 2004 and 2008, and later with the 2010 Astros. The 6'1" right-hander earned $5 million in 2012.

The Mets are concerned whether Frank Francisco, who pitched disappointingly last season, will be able to return to form following the removal of a bone spur from his right elbow last December. 

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