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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: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 6:28 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

just like last year when The Mutts signed Santana---Mutts fans had them winning the WS then to--actually play the games first before you start chirping--haven't you fans learned anything from the last 2 choke jobs?

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 6:26 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

I don't think K-Rod will blow one save this year. Look what CC did in the NL. Completely different lineups

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 6:23 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

If i were the Phillies I'd be very worried right now. I see the Mets winning the division by 5 games and shooting for a ring

Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 6:15 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

Actually that's Citibank's fault, not the Mets and, for a team to sign a guy that opened up at 5/80ish to a 3/37 with a vesting option is pretty good budget management.  They filled one of their biggest holes with one of the best closers in baseball regardless of whether his velocity is down or his delivery is violent.  They're paying him what they paid Wagner AND if he stays healthy and proves to be better than Wagner, which he probably will be, then he deserves a pay increase in his 4th year.  Way to go blaming the Mets for the failure of a bank and somehow tying it in to the signing of KRod, one of the best free agents on the market this offseason.  Moron.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 6:02 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets


Wow. How can people bash Omar Minaya?! He has now gotten the K-Rod at basically a bargain price. I personally believe Francisco Rodriguez wanted the Mets and only the Mets which is why such a "reasonable"  and swift offer was sealed, but still. Omar plugs the "holes" in the roster, you gotta admit that. The pieces just have to perform. K-Rod in the NL will be interesting to see.


Lets Go METS!

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 5:49 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

And the Phillies will still win the NL East. GO PHILS!

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 5:39 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

your an idiot!  who are you calling a slob? your from PHILADELPHIA

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 5:33 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

If you knew anything about the stadium naming rights, you would know that they signed up for the 20 year deal well before the recession started, let alone requested a bail-out.  Also, what they are paying for the stadium is aroun1% of what they asked for from the government, and it will be paid out over the course of the CONTRACT, which by the way binds them to paying it.  I'm sure they would have backed out if they could, you know thats what the taxpayers would have wanted.  You have no reason to hate this franchise.  As a Philadelphia "Phan" it makes sense that you're comments are so ignorant.  You were probably calling for McNabbs and Reids head with the rest of the city of brotherly love aka the city with the worst fans in the history of sports.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 5:30 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

Relax there Mr InsideInfo, what is so disgusting about this??? The Mets had the worst bullpen in the league and their closer is done with Tommy John surgery next season, so they went and got the best closer on the market...... He wanted 5 years 75 million, He got 3 years 37 million, disgusting is what the economy did to Mr Rodriguez's earning potential following the record breaking year he had, plus he's only 27, this was actually a great job by Omar getting him so cheap.  Same as Santana, got him for what? Humber, Gomez, and two other no-names....  That the gov had to bail out Citibank is of no consequence to the Mets, not their fault....  Don't be so miserable, life isn't that bad unless you're a Yankees fan and are getting dissed by the top free agent on the market.

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 5:24 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

Nice to see the Mets get a closer,although K-Rod might be a bit overaded it's a huge improvement from what we had after Wagner went down.The Mets still need to address the Left Field situation and Second Base and to upgrade there Bench from the aging core of players they have had in the past few years. Get a Left Fielder put Daniel Murphy at his natural Second Base  position get another Starter and Lets bring in the New Stadium with a Championship

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