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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
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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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Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 3:22 pm
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

But as you said, we collapsed. If not for that, you were a second rate team.

You must have your definition of "Second Rate" @ss backwards.

Just in case you haven't noticed, the Mets haven't even been able to make the playoffs for the last two seasons, let alone the World Series. How can the World Series Champions be second rate to a team that can't even manage to make the playoffs?!?!

Seriously though, it's not even like you had a chance to be the Champs......The Tampa Bay Rays are better than you!!!

I'm not knocking the Rays though, because they're a TEAM.

 

 

 

 

 




Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 2:53 pm
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

So, I suppose that 3-year, $34 million offer the Angels made him last season was WAAAYY off base, huh?

Good luck in NY Frankie.




Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 2:45 pm
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

Phillykid413...umm I gues like InsideinfoCEO you are an idiot as well.  I was not making excuses for the Mets.  If you bother to see my posts throughout the entire baseball season you would know that I have given respect to all teams that deserve it including the Phillies.  Rather, if you had a brain you would see that the reason I listed the blown saves and holds was to show just how badly the Mets needed a closer.  If they simply went out and signed him without a need then I would agree that it was a waste.  But given the fact that the Mets late inning bullpen has ultimately been their demise the last two years this was a good signing.  No one...as far as I can read on this blog is anointing the Mets as world series champs just because they signed K-Rod.  But if you are an honest baseball fan you have to accept the Mets just upgraded a very badly needed part of their team.  They have other needs such as set up and short inning relief.  This was a good start and to deny that would to confirm what I already know...you are ignorant. 



Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 2:45 pm
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

We don't need a 2B, Castillo was injured but look at his record.  I'm willing to bet he rebounds and get back up to .285 + w/ 25 or more dbls.   What we NEED is SP.   Santana, Maine, Pelfrey are a good top 3 but Niese, Parnell and Knight are not ready to fill the 4 & 5 spot.   One more top SP and we should be set.  Yes, Ibanez would really help secure our OF.  My question is, how is Ryan Church ?  Is he gonna be OK for 09' ?    Is Tattis gonna have another good season ?  Is Beltran gonna hit the ball ??    One more OF couldn't hurt.   A FEW good RP such as Street, Wood and Hoffman are needed.

 

      
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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 2:40 pm
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

Couldn't have said it any better myself.  After one year, it's called a choke...after two years, they are just not good.  There is no heart or fight left in those met-dogs.  Reyes is the head dog, annually going in the tank as soon as September comes.  Beltran plays only when he wants because "he got his" (16 mil that is).  Wright wears down every year because he is the only one that plays hard.  Delgado had a career comeback year that won't be repeated, not even remotely.  They need a whole lot more than bullpen help.  It's funny to even think they'll be any good.  As a Phils fan, I worry much, much more about the Marlins.  The mets only scare me when their fans invade the home of the world champs and act like... well,  like met fans.  They annually fade, what's the worry?



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 2:37 pm
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

"if we got him (CC Sabathia) u might as well hand us the WS trophy "

You are on crack guy.  YOur team has had catastrophic meltdowns in august and september the last 2 years.  YOu have failed to make the playoffs 2 years in a row with the highest payroll in the National League.

Getting CC would hardly make you any better because your bullpen is garbage.  Listen to some of the more intelligent fans out here that know your bullpen would still need help even with K-Rod.

no matter what happens, I'm sure that the Mets will blow it again this season.  K-Rod will most likely be hurt for 1/3 or more of the season and even if he's healthy he is still not very consistent.

The way the mets bullpen is now K-rod will have to do more than 68 innings in 70 appearances.  The mets will need 4-6out saves from him, which are not something he is conditioned for.

Hopefully  you'll end up with street as your setup man, because he is garbage too.  I was very glad to see the A's get rid of him and you will be very sad watching him give up a 3-run jack in the 8th once a week




Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 2:33 pm
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

You Phillykid or schmuck, ahole, whatever, you won this year, congrats. But as you said, we collapsed. If not for that, you were a second rate team. You took the opportunity and won. As for a repeat, get a clue. Your team is doing nothing to get better. They will lose Burrell, and no Utley for a half year. The pitching will not be the same as last year, never happens. You act like you have won year after year, it's the second time in 120+ years your franchise did anything. LOL.  Anyway you earned the right to blah blah blah until the end of this season. So enjoy. As for us, as I recall we beat you head to head and just didn't take care of business at the end. You are not so great, you just seized the opportunity. Cheers, your time to shine is over.



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 2:32 pm
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

Teams on paper that were purchased don't win championships (see Mets '07, '08).  Teams on the field that were built from the farm up and fine tuned win championships (see Phillies '08).  Buy all the players you want, your team is full of high priced chokers.  The balls thrown by the pitcher are not the only one's needed to win championships.  Every free agent that goes to either New York team goes for the payday.  Team unity means little and over the past 8 years both teams have been seeing this first hand.  You can have Orlando Hudson, Bobby Abreu, Huston Street, and K-Rod because all five of you including yourself will be waving goodbye as the Phillies pass the Mets by again for another NL East title.

 

   




Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 2:14 pm
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

It dosent matter who the Mets get.  they are still going to chke at the end like they always do.  they got Santana and they choked, they go Beltran and they choked.  they have one of if no the best third basemen in baseball and they choke.  bottom line is that the Mets will do nothing but underacheive. so let them spend there money on big names.  What have they got to show for it so far?



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 1:46 pm
 

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

As a Mets fan, I'm very excited about the idea of bringing in K-Rod.  What fan wouldn't be happy with an under 30 year old closer who put up 62 saves last year.  As for the politics of economics, this is a sports forum, yes?  If you have a problem with how sports teams spend their cash, than don't buy tickets  and turn off you tv sets every time a commercial airs.  I work in the financial services industry and life sucks, but I still have no problem rooting for my team. 

The problem for the Mets have is that K-Rod is not enough to guarantee anything.  They need starting pitching, set up men, another outfielder and an upgrade at 2nd base.  Even if they fill all those holes, they need Delgado to put up those 2nd half numbers, not the awful pre-allstar game stats.  Beltran needs to be more consistant, Maine needs to be healthy and Pelfry needs to prove this season wasn't a fluke and on and on.  Never the less, K-Rod would be a great start for now.

Lets go  Mets...



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