The Mets officially announced the signing of Brandon Lyon to a one-year contract.
The Mets are no longer considering free agent relievers Jose Valverde and Brian Wilson, though they will continue to keep an eye on Wilson as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery, Sandy Alderson said during an online chat yesterday.
Lyon, 33, was 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA with the Astros and Blue Jays in 2012, striking out 63 batters in 61 innings.
He 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.
Lyon joins LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Atchison and Pedro Feliciano as newly signed relief pitchers.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:
I really, really like this deal. He reinvented himself after shoulder surgery, using his fastball a lot more last season… and it paid off. His line will play well in Citi Field, too, giving up easy flyballs… assuming there is anyone out there who can catch them, of course. I’m far more comfortable with him out there than Jon Rauch, who signed with the Marlins yesterday. Lyon will be this team’s closer sooner than later, despite what Terry Collins said about Frank Francisco yesterday.