Aug. 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Brandon Lyon (31) pitches during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Toronto won 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Mets Close To Signing RHP Brandon Lyon

Brandon Lyon, a right-handed releiver, is close to signing with the New York Mets, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports

A couple weeks back, the Giants were reportedly the front runners for Lyon’s services. Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area described their discussions with Lyon as “deep,” and also noted that signing Lyon would likely be their last move of the offseason.

San Francisco’s interest in Lyon hasn’t budged since mid-January, so the Mets took action to bolster their depleted bullpen.

Brian Sabean said on January 19th that Brian Wilson probably won’t be returning to San Francisco.

Plus, the Mets weren’t overly impressed with his workout, suggesting that he wasn’t worthy of a big-league contract. In fact, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported a few days ago that a deal between the Mets and Wilson was “very unlikely,” as management turned their focus to alternatives such as Jose Valverde and of course, Lyon.

To clarify, nothing between Wilson and the Giants has changed since Sabean’s comments. But, one would think that the door might be back open for the two sides reengage in talks if Wilson lowers his demands.

Better yet, the Giants would have plenty of leverage in talks with their ex-closer. Spring Training is less than two weeks away, meaning Wilson’s options are decreasing daily. Of course, this doesn’t mean that he can’t sign with a team during Spring Training. However, teams are often set by that time, and Wilson hasn’t had many legitimate suitors outside of the Mets to begin with. Simply his options are already slim, but they’re getting slimmer.




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