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Mets, Brandon Lyon agree to one-year deal

New York has added their third bullpen arm of the last two weeks.

Falcon Punch!
Falcon Punch!

The New York Mets have added one final piece to their bullpen picture, agreeing to a contract with veteran right-hander Brandon Lyon, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:

Word first surfaced that the Mets were closing in on a deal with the 33-year-old right-hander earlier this week. The deal is believed to be for one year, per Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, and Lyon will make between $750-$900k in guaranteed money, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The right-hander can earn up to $2.4 million if he reaches all his performance-incentive benchmarks.

Completion of the deal is still pending a physical, which -- as we've seen lately -- isn't always a sure thing.

Lyon missed considerable time with a shoulder injury in 2011, but had a DL-free season last year so should run into no Napoli-esque problems during his exam.

Lyon is the third bullpen arm the Mets have brought into the organization in the last two weeks, joining fellow right-handed veterans LaTroy Hawkins and Scott Atchison (both of whom are on minor-league deals).

Lyon started the 2012 season in the Astros' bullpen -- where he pitched very well -- then was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10-player deadline deal that signaled the beginning of Houston's ongoing salary purge. Between the two clubs, Lyon amassed a solid 3.10 ERA and 3.11 K/BB ratio -- aided by a career-best 10.1 K/9 rate -- in 61 innings of relief work.

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With the exception of his 2011 season, which was besot by shoulder woes, Lyon has been an incredibly reliable reliever since leaving the hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field at the end of 2008. Over the last four seasons, Lyons owns a 3.50 ERA and 2.07 K/BB ratio in 231 innings.

Lyon made $5.5 million last year and $5.25 million the year prior, so he's likely in line for a contract that will pay him between $6-8 million for the 2013 season.