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K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

Posted on: December 8, 2008 10:00 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2008 4:18 pm
 

LAS VEGAS -- The Mets always seemed destined to end up with Francisco Rodriguez, and now they will.

Rodriguez has agreed to a three-year, $37 million contract, uniting the record-setting closer with the team most in need of bullpen help. The Mets had initially offered Rodriguez two guaranteed years with an option, but they guaranteed the third year late on Monday and that got the deal done.

The Mets still aren't acknowledging the agreement and may not announce it for a few days, but sources told CBSSports.com that the deal is done.

The Mets, whose awful bullpen basically kept them from holding off the Phillies in the National League East (and the Brewers in the wild card), naturally prioritized adding a top closer this winter. Rodriguez, who set a major-league record with 62 saves for the Angels, was always their top choice.

The Mets always had to be Rodriguez's top option, too, at least after the Angels made it clear that they had little interest in re-signing him. The Mets were the only big-money team in need of a closer, and while they weren't willing to provide Rodriguez with the five-year, $75 million deal he originally sought, they had much more to offer than anyone else in the market for bullpen help.

With Rodriguez now off the market, and with the Mets no longer needing a closer, it will be interesting to see what happens to the pitchers and the teams that are left.

The Tigers and Indians are both looking for closers, but neither team has much money to spend. The Indians probably have a little more than the Tigers, but the Indians also have more remaining needs, and aren't anxious to spend all their available money on the bullpen.

The Indians have some interest in Trevor Hoffman, and may want to see if Brian Fuentes falls into their price range. The Tigers have shown some interest in either signing Kerry Wood or trading for Seattle's J.J. Putz, but they too may want to see what happens with Fuentes. The Tigers may try to free up a little bit of money by trading outfielder Marcus Thames.

The Brewers also need a closer, but they've been waiting to see if there's any chance they can retain CC Sabathia. The Cardinals also could be looking.

Some people have wondered whether the Dodgers would look for a closer, but sources familiar with their plans say they're more focused on acquiring a setup man.

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Phillykid413
Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:22 am
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Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:13 am
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

idiot...nothing more needs to be said.



Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 10:56 am
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

WAH WAH WAH...you're all a bunch of whiners!STFU and get out and play



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 10:47 am
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

You sound like Yankee trash.  Good Luck getting CC and Burnett.

By the way, CC is going to the Dodgers and Burnett will be a Red 'Sock.

The Mets should try and sign Brian Fuentes as a setup man now.  This will complete the team.

The Metropolitans will be in the Fall Classic next year.




Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 10:43 am
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

this was a half decent blog this morning til stadium names came into play...im a phils fan and am surely not gonna use a stadium names to break balls...name of the park is pointless and who gives a shit what its named


Mets1191
Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 10:42 am
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Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 10:39 am
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

Who isn't getting bailed out by the Fed. Gov. now a days??? What should the name of the Stadium have been? The New Shea Stadium? Lookat all the new ball parks being built that are named after banks you moron! That is part of the deal. They giv e the money for the ball park if the team names the park after the bank! Your just a Met hater, there is no help for you!



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 10:16 am
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

why is this disgusting?  And why are they slobs? 



Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 10:09 am
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

What is disgusting, is your ignorance of the topic here. You can hate the franchise, but the fact is that naming rights were established years before the financial collapse of half of America's big banks. The naming rights have nothing to do with issue of K Rod. You probably would hate this franchise if the stadium were named "Jackie Robison Field". Face the truth, K Rod was the only real option for this sometimes bumbling, but determined franchise and that is a fact.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 9:52 am
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

Breaking News: Citi Bank has been bought out by First National Bank of China. See where this is going. We've seen this in Philadelphia with the Cores State/First Union/Wacovia Center.  Citi Bank is ripe for the pickings as all banks in the world. Good luck with your new name in 5-10 years.


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