Francisco, Rauch, trade all nearly done
December, 6, 2011
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Tom Szczerbowski/US Presswire
Frank Francisco is joining the Mets on a two-year, $12 million deal.
They also have nearly completed a deal that sends Angel Pagan to the San Francisco Giants for center fielder Andres Torres and reliever Ramon Ramirez.
Francisco, 32, went 1-4 with a 3.55 ERA and had 17 saves in 54 relief appearances for the Toronto Blue Jays last season.
Torres is a longtime minor leaguer who had a breakthrough season in 2010, when the Giants won the World Series. He uses among the heaviest bats in baseball. He had a lower right leg contusion in mid-August.
Ramirez has a nasty slider when he throws downhill and has somewhat of a temper, but he thrives in big moments.