Mets close to deal with Brandon Lyon

Brandon Lyon polaroidThe Mets are close to a deal with free-agent RHP Brandon Lyon, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Lyon, 33, went a combined 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA with the Astros and Blue Jays in 2012, allowing 56 hits, 20 walks, five home runs with 63 strikeouts in 61 innings over 67 relief appearances.

Lyon has recorded 79 saves in his 11-year career with the Jays, Astros, Tigers, Diamondbacks, and Red Sox, although he last recorded double-digit saves in 2010 with the Astros.

Feb. 3: The Mets are confident they will get a deal done with Lyon (Martino, Daily News).

Feb. 3: The Mets are serious about Lyon, but a deal isn’t done. He’s still talking to other teams (Martino, Daily News).

Feb. 3If Lyon is signed, the Mets will not seek more insurance for Frank Francisco (DiComo, If the Mets sign Lyon to a Major League deal, their 40-man roster will be full.

Michael Baron's thoughts on signing Lyon...

Michael Baron, Contributor

I am assuming Lyon is the non-closer Rubin was referring to, although Lyon does have closing experience in his career. That makes me wonder as well if they will continue to pursue someone like Jose Valverde, should the Mets get this deal done. No matter what, Sandy is clearly determined to fix one of the worst bullpens the Mets have ever had. If his strategy works this year, it will help keep close games close which, based on the projected position players on the roster, they will need to do a much better job of doing, if there’s going to be any hope in 2013.

Lyon is a very good right-handed reliever, and he would make the Mets bullpen (which has already been made deeper this winter) a lot better on paper. He is proven, steady and durable, and he will go a long way towards stabilizing their short-relief corps, if the deal goes through. Lyon’s a sinkerballer who sits in the low 90’s, and that helps him keep the ball in the ballpark. He’ll also throw a hard cutter in towards the left-handed hitter and change speeds with a good curveball. He held left-handed hitters to a .213 clip last year, although that’s not indicative of his career numbers; that was due to an increased emphasis on his cutter.

If the Mets secure Lyon, he along with Scott Atchison, Latroy Hawkins gives the Mets flexibility with Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia in the early part of the year. Neither Mejia or Familia would need to be depended upon as primary relievers right out of the gate. They could go back to the minors, get the seasoning they really still need, and the Mets can evaluate their progress when a problem arises in the big league bullpen.