Brandon Lyon Signs with Mets
The Mets have apparently completed their latest bullpen rebuilding project, coming to terms Thursday with Brandon Lyon. The deal is not yet official pending a physical, but it is reportedly for one year. No financial terms have leaked out.
Lyon had a solid season in 2012, pitching to a 3.10 ERA for the Astros and Blue Jays. He averaged better than a strikeout per inning for the first time in his career, coming at age 33.
Lyon is expected to be one of the primary set-up guys, but he could compete for the closer job if and when Frank Francisco falters. Lyon last closed for the Astros in 2010 when he saved 20 games.
Brandon Lyon made $5.5 millon last season, but there is no way he will make anything close to that in 2013. The contract will probably be for around $2 million with incentives.