Tuesday night was a busy one for the New York Mets, who made several moves to improve their bullpen. A big one involved trading away the mercurial Angel Pagan to the San Francisco Giants, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. Pagan's future with the organization was in doubt following a bad 2011 season on the field and in the clubhouse, and the Mets decided to trade him to San Francisco for center fielder Andres Torres and reliever Ramon Ramirez. Torres had a down year in 2011, hitting only .222, but was a key cog in the Giants run to the World Series in 2010 and is a patient hitter who should fill the leadoff hole for the Mets now that Jose Reyes is gone. Ramirez was a stellar contributor to the Giants bullpen last season, going 3-3 with a 2.62 ERA and striking out 66 batters in 68.2 innings pitched.
The Mets, however, weren't done there. After signing Jon Rauch to a one year deal worth three and a half million dollars earlier in the night, the team announced another bullpen move. The Mets also reached a deal with reliever Frank Francisco on a two year deal worth 12 million dollars, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin also reports. Francisco went 1-4 with a 3.55 ERA and 17 saves in Toronto last season, and is expected to compete with Rauch for the closer's job in spring training. After the team suffered through a leaky bullpen all of last season, the Mets have acquired three quality arms to lengthen out the bullpen and get some support for existing relievers Tim Byrdak, Manny Acosta, and Bobby Parnell.
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