Mets rumors: Jose Valverde, Francisco Rodriguez, Brian Wilson

Doug Pensinger

The Mets are eyeing free agent Jose Valverde to replace Frank Francisco as closer.

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has "expressed serious concern" with Frank Francisco as his closer, and the team is looking into free agent right-hander Jose Valverde to compete for the position, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Alderson is pursuing Jose Valverde to compete -- or more likely unseat -- Francisco as closer, a baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com.

If the Mets are to sign Valverde, a Scott Boras client, it would have to be on their terms, according to Rubin. This means it could resemble the contract the team agreed to with starting pitcher Shaun Marcum; a certain amount guaranteed with possible incentives added for games finished or saved.


More: Mets looking at big name relievers


New York is also considering bringing back Francisco Rodriguez, who saved 83 games for the club from 2009-11. Rubin admits a reunion between Rodriguez and the Mets is unlikely, as the Boras client is thought to be seeking a whopping $7 million despite his recent struggles.

The Mets have been tied to former San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson, but he is considered "very unlikely" to sign with the club, according to Rubin.

Whatever route the Mets decide to take in adding to their bullpen, they expect to make an addition before pitchers and catchers report 10 days from now. Beyond Valverde and Rodriguez, Rubin mentions other names that could potentially fit the profile New York is targeting, including Brandon Lyon and Kevin Gregg.

Mlbdd-twitter-insert_medium

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker