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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 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.


Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2008 6:26 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

whatever, jcpags....I congratulated Phillies fans on the Series win, and why you object to my complimenting other cities like Chicago or SF on their fans, I have no idea -- nothing 'happened' to me in Philly other than I noticed how pitiful and insincere the fans are -- you have one Series win, and you have good cheesesteaks, I have no problem acknowledging that

one thing you can certainly give to Mets fans is they are not fair weather -- there has been another baseball team in our own city for most of our lifetimes that has been consistently more successful --- nothing sad about the Mets fan base

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2008 9:08 am

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

Hey InsideinfoCEO,

I just heard that Citizens Bank filed for chapter 11 and Brad Lidge blew out his arm bitch slapping Brett Myers wife.

So now you'll need a new name for your stadium and a new closer. What's to do?

I heard rumors that after Howard and Hamels win their arbitration cases that part of their new agreements was to have the Citizens Bank renamed HowHam Field. Cheesesteaks will be selling for $25 each and a bottle of Core's is $20.

Don't be hating NY'ers because you're mommy and daddy do, try thinking up something intelligent. How do you feel about Muslims, Jews, Blacks, Hispanics, Woman, the Elderly, Gays, Poor people, and Mormons? Your posts are so important to all of us who aren't Phillie fans that we admire your advise and leadership.

Your original post ranks up there with the worst I've read in quite a while. You should try and further your education before posting here a second time.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2008 8:57 am

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

As a long-time Mets fan, I suppose I should be upset at what you've written, CEO. But outside of the "slobs" comment, you're so right.

Since: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 10:42 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

boy Sterling18 thank you for knowing how the whole fan base of Philly feels---coming from an expert in sad, annoying fans like those in NY, especially Mutt fans, you should know about annoying fans.  As for your mentioning of the cities that have classy fans--I don't see how you would know one if you saw one.  what happened in Philly? did somebody call you a name and you boo hooed back to NYC?  just keep repeating:  Philadelphia Phillies 2008 World Series Champions!  then click your heels together and repeat 3 times--my team will not choke again this year--

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 10:23 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets


This is a great start for the Mets to begin their free agent signings.  We do need more, especially in the Pen.  I often wonder what deals they will make at the winter meetings.  Is there a Big bat they want to go after to help solidify the line up.  Are we looking at a Pitcher and outfielder with strong consideration?  Will they make some crazy move to bring in a big name as in past years.  The Mets have the money to make the moves to make the team better.  If the League allows a large over sized payroll and the Mets are willing to pay the money then, go for it.  I have been through too many losing seasons with this team.  It's nice to finally win.

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 10:15 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

having lived in philly for 5 years, and being a life long mets fan, I can honestly say that philly fans are just sad -- not just Phillies fans, but Eagles, Flyers and Sixers...the whole city has such an inferiority complex, and the fans are annoying beyond all keep it away from nyc, take Chicago Bulls or SF 49ers or Cubs for example -- all quality fans, without being absurd and ignorant --- enjoy the Series win, and start reading the Wall Street Journal instead of SI -- its quite obvious you all need it

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 9:23 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets


Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 9:16 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

I love how the Mets celebrate a former Dodger! Jackie Robinson about the Doc Gooden Powder Room? Mets stink...they will choke...choKe-Rod will make a great addition to a team full of guys who stink in the clutch! We own the Mets...oh and by the way please come down to Citizens Bank Park and check out the World Series Trophy! Its beautiful! Citi Bank sucks corporate bailout for our sponsor...even our marketing team is better! Go Phillies!!!

Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 9:16 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

No one in professional sports is worth this kind of money...  I hope the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA all fold.  Ridiculous!

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 9:15 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

dont forget they honor jackie robinson throughout the new stadium.He has nothing to do with this franchise at all and the whole stadium is Dedicated to him.

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