Mets rumors: New York unlikely to sign Jose Valverde

Rumors surfaced yesterday that the New York Mets were leaving the possibility of signing free agent Jose Valverde open, but it’s “really, really unlikely” that the team acquires the right-hander, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

A team insider labeled to the chances of signing free agent Jose Valverde "really, really unlikely."

Valverde has been tied to the Mets on several occasions this offseason, as the team has reportedly been in the market for bullpen upgrades. This is largely a result of New York being uncomfortable with Frank Francisco occupying the role of closer.

However, it’s unclear when Francisco will pitch for the Mets. The right-hander is battling an injury, and Bobby Parnell has slotted in as closer, with Brandon Lyon and Josh Edgin filling the setup roles.

Valverde is one of the veteran options with closing experience remaining on the free agent market, but Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets aren’t in “active pursuit” of the right-hander. Instead, New York will only enter the market for Valverde if they sustain another injury.

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