With the official signing of Brandon Lyon on Friday, it appears the Mets are done with their latest in a string of off season bullpen rebuilding projects. So what will the Mets bullpen look like in 2013?
Well, Lyon, Frank Francisco, Bobby Parnell and Josh Edgin appear to be locks. Francisco will probably be the closer to start the season, but Lyon or Parnell could take over in the extremely unlikely event that Francisco falters.
The other three slots are up for competition. One will likely go to a pitcher who could go long if needed, from the group of Jeurys Familia, Collin McHugh, and Jeremy Hefner.
The Mets would probably like a second lefty to go along with Edgin. The candidates here are Robert Carson, Pedro Feliciano, Justin Hampson, Aaron Laffey and Darin Gorski.
The final spot will likely come from Sandy Alderson’s parade of minor league deals, guys like LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Atchison and Greg Burke. Throw Elvin Ramirez in the mix as well.
Alderson said the Mets bullpen is as deep as any he’s had since he got here. He’s probably right, but let’s hope the quantity equals quality.
Regardless of which players end up going North with the team, you can rest assured that there will be changes in the Mets bullpen throughout the season. It wouldn’t be a shock if most of these guys ended up with the big club at some point during the season.