Mets rumors: New York ‘unlikely’ to sign Francisco Rodriguez

The New York Mets had been connected to former closer Francisco Rodriguez earlier this winter. However, it remains “unlikely” that the Mets sign Francisco, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Rubin added that Rodriguez now appears to fall into the same category as former Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde, who appeared to be on the team’s radar earlier this winter but is not longer being seriouslyconsidered. New York could potentially reevaluate Valverde and Francisco, but it would likely take a minor league contract and/or another injury and need arising.

The Mets’ bullpen has already sustained one significant injury this offseason, as Frank Francisco isn’t throwing after sustaining a setback following offseason surgery. At this point, New York has named Bobby Parnell as their closer, with Josh Edgin and Brandon Lyon filling the setup roles.

Beyond Rodriguez and Valverde, the Mets have also been tied to Brian Wilson. There are other potential options remaining on the free agent market, including former late-inning relievers Jose Contreras, Francisco Cordero, Juan Cruz and Bobby Jenks.

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