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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 10, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 5:23 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

Frankie Rodriguez set a record last year and is playing very good while being young. I agree the Mets 100% on the length because I believe that by the time Rodriguez gets 29 he will lose some heat off his fastball. He has a devastating curve but when his fastball starts to become stagnant he will become less effective. As a Braves Fan it is hard for me to admit that anything about the deal is good, but I think the length is great. With that being said, the overall deal is good even though K-Rod only pitched 68 innings last year the Mets and their bullpen troubles will ask a lot more than 68 innings and while coming from the AL to the NL dramatically improves a pitcher's effectiveness. The thing with this deal is that he will have to adjust to the NL players styles of hitting, He will be called on to pitch a lot of innings and with his style of delivery which by the way exerts alot of energy. The second one mentioned might cause him to end up on the disabled list because he won't have Mike Scoscia to save him from over usage. As one poster said they need to get 7th, 8th, and 9th inning help. Like K-Rod had last year when Scot Shields would set him up.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 5:16 pm

His own biggest fan

He really is

K-Rod has no respect for the game

Since: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 5:15 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

hey mr. English major about Kerry Wood?  what was racist (hey Mr. snob that's the way you spell it) about stating a fact that if given the choice the Mutts will sign a Latino before they sign a player from another country.  I guess all people that have opinions are morons huh ace? 

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 5:06 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

Why would someone hate them for signing a good player? If K-Rod had gone to another team, would you have hated them?

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 5:05 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

now the mets and johan santana will have a chance to make it to the playoffs.  it's about time, im a yankees fan but i still feel imbaressed for them when they  choke in the september, maybe now they will have a chance

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 5:02 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

Am I missing something here? 37M for 3 years seems a bit low for the Mets. Signing a good pitcher for only $12M a year for only 3 years is a smart decision. This can't be the real Mets! The real Mets would give Rodriguez $15M a year for 5 years. Some might say that the Mets overpaid to get Rodriguez and they are right. The Mets were going to over pay Rodriguez no matter how much they pay him because he is going to break down next season or be very ineffective. His velocity has dropped significanlty in the past several years. He can't field his position. He gets excited when he strikes some one if he just clinched a WS title. Let's discount all the negatives of Rodriguez and focus on how many easy saves he has racked up. I am certain he expected to get a lot more money considering that Eric Gagne received a one year $10M contract after incurring a serious injury. Rodriguez hasn't been injured and he just set a new record for saves. The guy was destined to set a new record for closers. Sadly, his agent didn't do a good job because $37M/3 is something you pay to a non superstar. "I expected alot more from Rodriguez." Sadly, next season the Mets will be repeating my catchphrase about Rodriguez many times over. The Mets should have gotten Huston Street instead. He reminds me of Brad Lidge and we all know how well that turned out for both him and Phillies.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 5:02 pm
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Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 4:51 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

Well did you hear anything about hitting in August/September and playing fundamental baseball?  Or anything about having heart and playing with a desire to win? 
If you need examples of these, you should read about the WS champs...

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 4:51 pm

K-Rod agrees to deal with Mets

How is 3 years $37 million overpaying? There are a lot of less important players making a lot more money than that. They get one of the better closers in the game at the age of 26 for less than they paid Billy Wagner a few years ago, and he was in his mid-30's when they signed him.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 4:41 pm

Johan Santana to win Cy Young next year.

Heard it hear first. He wont loose a rediculous amount of games that he should have won with the help of K-rod. Granted, K rod is the closer and might not get in right when Johan goes out. Still though, Johan is the best there is.

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