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Sunday, February 3, 2013
Mets closing in on deal with Brandon Lyon

By Adam Rubin

The Mets are closing in on a deal with right-handed reliever Brandon Lyon, a major league source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Lyon, 33, went a combined 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 67 relief appearances last season with the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays. He posted a career-high 26 saves in 2008 with the Arizona Diamondacks as well as 20 in 2010 with the Astros, but may not viewed as a candidate to unseat Frank Francisco as closer.

The Mets clearly are displeased with Francisco, however.

If players with past injuries prove durable and effective during spring training, the Opening Day bullpen could be: Francisco, Lyon, Bobby Parnell, Josh Edgin, Pedro Feliciano, Scott Atchison and LaTroy Hawkins.

Presuming a healthy rotation as well, that means Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia both could open the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, along with Robert Carson.

Lyon would appear to warrant a major league contract, which would put the Mets' 40-man roster at a full 40. Because Feliciano, Atchison and Hawkins all signed minor league deals, and with an outfielder such as Andrew Brown or Marlon Byrd potentially needing to be added to the roster as well, the Mets could need to free as many as four 40-man roster spots by Opening Day.

CBSSports.com first reported the Mets being close with Lyon.