Mets again balk at naming Francisco closer

February, 4, 2013
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Sandy Alderson again resisted on Monday declaring that Frank Francisco would open the season as the Mets' closer, despite Francisco being owed $6.5 million this season.

Alderson said Francisco would need to demonstrate his health as well as a performance worthy of closing during spring training in order to merit the role.

Francisco underwent surgery in December to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Alderson said he believed Francisco is recovering normally from that relatively minor procedure, so clearly there is a performance-based concern with Francisco.

“I think a lot will depend on what we see over the course of February and into March,” Alderson said. “I think that’s something that will be determined in the course of spring training. Health is an issue. Performance is an issue.”

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Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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