On November 24, 2000 — Staying with his hometown New York Mets, John Franco signs a nearly $11 million three-year pact as a set-up man, foregoing an opportunity with the Philadelphia Phillies to pick up the 59 saves he needs to break Lee Smith’s career saves record of 478. lost his closing job to Armando Benitez during the 1998 season.

 

 

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