Burkhardt continued on air:
"He’s in Port St. Lucie, just basking in the sunshine. ... The Mets are absolutely throwing that money down the toilet. ... This is the middle of June. And it’s killing the Mets right now because he could be a valuable trade chip for this team. Send him out to a team who’s a contender, like a Detroit, who needs a closer, and the Mets could get a valuable piece back or something like that. But, instead, Francisco is not even pitching in A-ball right now. He’s doing the Mets absolutely no good, and I think at this point, quite honestly, Terry Collins probably wants no part of him here anyway, even if he won’t say it."Francisco had surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow last December. However, as Martino reports, he arrived to Spring Training this year with more elbow discomfort, although there does not seem to be any structural damage.
Sandy Alderson said earlier this month that Francisco is on a throwing program, following a rehab stint with Single-A St. Lucie that was cut short for more testing.
In 2012, Francisco had 23 saves with a 5.53 ERA over 42 1/3 innings pitched — he will earn $6 million in the final year of a two-year, $12 million contract he signed before the 2012 season.