The Mets and general manager Jim Duquette have made yet another off-season addition to fill one of their gapping holes. According to the Newark Star-Ledger, citing two major league officials familiar with the situation, the organization has come to an agreement on a two-year deal with free-agent closer Braden Looper worth approximately $6.5 million. The deal hinges on Looper passing a physical with the Mets' physician.
This comes after the Florida Marlins signed ex-Met Armando Benitez to a one-year, $3.5 million deal on December 20, which aided in the decision to cut ties with the right-handed Looper.
In 2003, Looper posted twenty-eight saves (good for ninth in the National League) and six blown saves with a 3.68 ERA, but lost his job when Marlins manager Jack McKeon soon opted to replace him with the recently aquired Ugueth Urbina.
The twenty-nine-year-old is forty-six for sixty-seven in save opportunities over his six-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins.
Looper relies heavily on his sinker which he can get up to mid-nineties and also mixes in an improving cut fastball.