Franco Re-Signed To One-Year Deal
Franco owns 424 career saves, 2nd all-time.
Franco owns 424 career saves, 2nd all-time.

Posted Dec 17, 2003


The Captain will be back for a 15th season with the Amazin's. The New York Mets and John Franco agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract on Wednesday that includes bonuses for both appearances and games finished.

"I'm happy to be back for the full year, and hopefully I can contribute a little more in any role they want me to do," he said to the Associated Press. "Other teams were interested, but this is where I wanted to be all the time. I've been here such a long time, this is like my second family."

The 43-year-old left-hander, who missed the entire 2002 season after undergoing elbow surgery, ranks second in major league history with 424 career saves. Last season he finished 0-3 with a 2.62 ERA in 38 games

He's taking it one step at a time and not looking to the 2005 season and whether or not he will continue to play.

"I'm taking it one month at a time, one year at a time," he continued to the Associated Press. "I'm not looking down the road. I'm just concerned with the 2004 season."

Franco spent his first six with the Cincinnati Reds before being shipped to the Mets on December 6, 1989 for Randy Myers and Kip Gross.


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