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Added December 7th, 2011 by Chalk

Mets Trade Pagan To Giants, Add Torres and Three Relievers
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Not longer after losing star shortstop Jose Reyes to free agency and the suddenly big-spending Miami Marlins, the New York Mets went on a mini-spending spree of their own, adding three relievers and a decent defensive centerfielder on Tuesday night. The Mets traded outfielder Angel Pagan to the San Francisco Giants for reliever Ramon Ramirez and outfielder Andres Torres.

New York also signed two free agent relievers who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays last season — signing Jon Rauch agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal, and Frank Francisco to a two-year, $12 million contract. Mets manager Terry Collins was thrilled to get so much bullpen help. “No disrespect to the guys; they worked hard last year,” said Collins. “But we couldn’t stop some teams, and I think we can now. … We knew we had to get some bullpen help here. I came in saying we can get one guy to build on here, maybe two guys. But I was all on board with Sandy’s approach: let’s not just spend it all on one guy, let’s spread it around and get some depth. I was shocked we made it all fit.”

Francisco is expected to take over as closer for the Mets, but Rauch also has some experience as a closer. Here’s how the three relievers fared last season:

  • Rauch, 33 years old, 52 innings, 11 saves, 4.85 ERA
  • Francisco, 32, 50.2 IP, 17 SV, 3.55 ERA
  • Ramirez, 30, 68.2 IP, 4 SV, 2.62 ERA

Earlier this offseason, the Giants dealt starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Melky Cabrera. Clearly, the Giants are prioritizing bolstering their offense, but in the Melky “White Substance” trade and this one, it feels like they’re really overpaying and not getting much back in return.

It’s also hard to get very excited about the Mets adding bullpen depth. Sure the Mets might actually hold on to some leads, but without offense or a starting rotation, how many leads will they have?

 
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