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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: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 8:28 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

Your screen name is InsideInfoCEO and you have the nerve to criticize Citi bank

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 8:11 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

At the end of the day, Philly is still the armpit of the Northeast. The city is a disgrace.

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 7:59 pm

KERRY WOOD to the Indians

I've been reading EVERYWHERE since this morning that Wood is going to Cleveland on a two year deal with a third option year, but this guy was still saying at 4 PM that they may be targeting Hoffman or Fuentes?

Honestly, there is no point in going to Sportsline or ESPN for breaking stories...

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 7:39 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

2 points on your posting that I must comment on:

1) Your team just beat us for the second year in a row & won the World Series but you still have to find a reason to hate the Mets??? I would think you would be basking in the glow of your accomplishments instead of focusing on the team that came in second.

2) As far as Citi Field goes - the naming rights were done years ago before the financial crisis, I mean did you think they built this stadium in 6 months?

Are all of you Philadelphia folks this insecure or is it a personal thing?


Since: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 7:30 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

koolmike---do you know how idiotic your last post sounds?  really?  do you have any clue or are you just a whining Mutt fan?

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 7:23 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

Mets did exactly what they needed to do. Sure they need more bullpen help so does half the league. Now, they need a power hitting outfielder.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 7:20 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

You know trying to be diplomatic with a guy from Philadelphia is pretty much a waste of time.  Fist of all I live on the West Coast as far from that slum of Philadelphia that you call home.  Second, I doubt you know half as much about baseball as you think.  But as a Philadelphia fan you certainly know about mediocre starting pitching.  Your best starter (Hamels) is not nearly as good as Santana.  And the rest of your starters could not even be labeled mediocre...they suck.  Your bullpen won you the division and the WS and I respect that as does Minaya which is why he is focusing on fixing the pen.  But speaking of problems with your roster good luck next year without Burrel and Utley for three months.  And enjoy Ryan Howard while you got him because when his contract is up coincidentally the Mets and the Yankees are gonna need a new first  basemen.   The problem with sports fans from Philadelphia is that is is so rare that ANY OF YOUR TEAMS win a championship that the moment you do you are all talking dynasty.  Sheesh...just go an enjoy it. 

Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 7:06 pm
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Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 7:04 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

jcpags...all the posts about the Mets winning the WS are all being posted by Phillies fans.  I cannot understand why Phillies fans are so focused on the Mets.  Just go out and enjoy the WS title you currently have.  Having won the title twice in the past 126 years you would think the city of Philadelphia and its fans would appreciate it.  Instead all you do is blog all day about the Mets signing a free agent.  I know the phillies would have rather the Mets go with the same bullpen they had last year.  I wish there was one honest Phillies fan on this entire blog that would admit this was a good signing.  Ask yourself this.  Is the Mets closing situation better now than it was last year.  If your answer is yes then no need to respond.  If your answer is no well then you havent paid much attention to the Angels the past three years.  

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 6:54 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

Somebodys a phillies fan

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