Now that the 2013 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (David Aardsma) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns for its third year. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2013 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at relief pitcher Frank Francisco.
Mets 101 Player Review: RP Frank Francisco
2013 Stats: 1-0, 4.26 ERA, 1 Save in 6.1 innings over 8 appearances. Also pitched in 12 minor league games, with a 0-2 record and 0.75 ERA.
2013 Story: In December 2012, Francisco underwent surgery on his pitching elbow to remove bone spurs, a surgery that would sideline him for over half of 2013. Originally expected to return in April at the latest, the 34-year old closer had one setback after another and didn't make his first rehab appearance until mid-July with the GCL Mets. He would eventually move up to AA Binghamton and was with the team until they were bounced from the playoffs on September 7.
2013 Grade: Incomplete
Contract Status: Free Agent
Odds of Returning: 0%
2014 Role: Following the completion of the B-Mets season, ESPN New York reported the Mets were expected to release Francisco, rather than showcase him for a 2014 contract over the final three weeks of the season. The move was never made however and the veteran appeared in likely his final eight games in a Mets uniform.
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