MrB, They are roster replacements for players from last year who are no longer with the team, but I don't know how you calculated the net 7 wins. If you compared them to our 3 worse players in terms of WAR; Pedro Beato, Chris Young and Bay, they are a net 3.9 games improvement. However if the names of R.A. Dickey, Scott Hairston and Jon Rauch are compared Marcum-Brown-Atchison are a net minus 4.3 games.
<p><strong>The Mets were confident that they were close to a deal with veteran reliever Brandon Lyon</a>, even as a major league source said that Lyon was still negotiating with other teams.</strong></p>
<p><strong>Two team insiders said the Mets expected to sign Lyon, 33, a move that would likely round out their bullpen. In 67 appearances for Houston and Toronto last year, Lyon was 4-2 with a 3.12 ERA. He saved 26 games for Arizona in 2008.</strong></p>
<p><strong>If the deal is completed — and multiple sources said that it would be — Lyon would join veteran LaTroy Hawkins as new additions to a pen that includes Frank Francisco, Bobby Parnell and Josh Edgin. Other candidates include Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia, and the recently signed Scott Atchison and Pedro Feliciano.</strong></p>
<p><strong>GM Sandy Alderson has had doubts this winter in Francisco’s ability to close games, indicating that Parnell and perhaps others will compete during spring training for the ninth-inning job.</strong></p>
<p><strong>“Coming out of last season, looking with what Frankie has been dealing with in the offseason as far as his elbow is concerned, I don’t know that we could have a lot of confidence in where we are,” Alderson said on SNY last week.</strong></p>
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