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.
Sandy Alderson recently told media that he will be done acquiring relievers if he’s able to finalize a contract with Lyon.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
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.
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).
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.