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Mets Rumors: Bourn, Lyon, Francisco

The Mets were busy today, so let's take a look at the news surrounding the team.

Scott Cunningham

The Mets were active today considering that it is the first week of February, so let's look closer at what they did.

The Mets and Michael Bourn continue to appear as natural fits for each other, and the Mets are not doing anything to dissuade those rumors. Blaine Blontz had this earlier:

The New York Mets are "very motivated" to sign free agent center fielder Michael Bourn, but the team remains adamant about keeping its first-round draft pick, according to Andy Martino of The New York Daily News.

That situation is interesting, as the Mets are fighting the CBA and its provision regarding which picks are protected and which are not.

The Mets bolstered their bullpen today by signing reliever Brandon Lyon. Nathan Aderhold had this one:

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

The Mets could certainly make some improvements to their bullpen, and Lyon should help in that department.

There has been a good deal of speculation as to the safety of Frank Francisco's job, but Terry Collins squashed any doubt there. Blaine Blontz on this one:

It was recently reported that the New York Mets are hesitant to enter the regular season with veteran reliever Frank Francisco penciled in as the team's closer. However, Francisco believes he will be the closer, and manager Terry Collins backed this with his own vote of confidence, reports Kevin Kernan of The New York Post.