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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: May 6, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 1:36 pm

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

Well put. This idiot's comments obviously come from the Steingrabber's mindset. 

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 1:34 pm

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

Moron. What does that have to do with anything. Your brain needs to be bailed out. But I dont think theres enough money on the planet for that to happen.

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 1:05 pm

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

I Agree!!!!!! There is not one single reason to like this franchise......I'm an A's fan and laugh every year at the Mets and Yanks spending rediculus amounts of money and still miss the playoffs....Ha Ha. They should leard how to manage a team like Billy Beane. We seem to be always around come playoff time with minimum money in their wallets!!!!!!

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 12:49 pm

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

Beware Mets fans.  This move seems like so many before.  K-Rod did have a great season, but alot of that was due to who he played for and the situations that were presented for him.   First red flag - why were the Angels immediatly on record saying they would not resign him?  It just seems like another Mets tradition of buying high, then selling low. 

Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 12:38 pm
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Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 12:36 pm

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

InsideInfoCEO:  Are you kidding psycho?  What the hell does Citi have to do with K-Rod you idiot??? You should be disgusted with the federal government and yourself for spewing such nonsense.  Go back to watching hockey because you obviously dont know baseball!!!

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 12:30 pm

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

Any way you look at it the Mets will still find a way to blow it in the end.

Total waste of time and money!  They will only pass the cost on to the fan like they always do.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 12:26 pm

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

You are an idiot. The field naming rights were sold long before any of the economic turmoill which grips our country. Considering your AVATAR name I would think you are part of the problem, no? Gee a teams whose bullpen has cost it the division and playoffs for the past TWO years paying up for a closer, what a stupid and unnecessaary move. The Mets had to get the best closer period. the bullpen is aweful. It was a no brainer move. What should they have done? Sign the 43 year old Hoffman to 5 years? And for the record they refused his request of 5 years and $75million, so it's not like they are going nuts here. 3 years is a great signing for a closer.

Since: Sep 21, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 12:16 pm

I love the Halo's and GOOD RIDDANCE

Frankie did a great job for us and congrats on the record, but GOOD RIDDANCE. There isn't even a comparison in my mind in who I would rather have on the mound, with runners on late in the game, between Frankie and Arredondo. Looks like the Halo brass feel the same. I look forward to seeing Jose Arredondo in the All-Star game.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 12:11 pm

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

Citibank doesn't own the franchise, what does that have to do with the Mets signing K-Rod?

You sound like a disgruntled Phillies fan to me kid. So the Mets pay K-Rod more or less the same money as the Phillies pay Lidge, what's the problem?

If you don't like teams who sign free agents, remember how many the Phillies have signed the last several years (Feliz, Jenkins, Wagner, Worth, Erye, Stairs, Moyer, Romero, etc...) before crying. The Phillies ownership just doesn't generate enough income or, simply enjoy their profits too much to anti-up for big time names. On the other hand , they did win the World Series so stop bitching.

If you don't like the Mets franchise, I guess you must hate the franchises in Houston, Anaheim, Chicago, the Yankees, Atlanta, Milwaukie, Texas, and Baltimore as well. All those franchises, as well as the Mets spend money to try and bring a winner to their respected cities.

Would you be crying if the Phillies signed Burnett, Sheets, Blake, Texeria, and Fuentes? Of course not, you're just a jealous little microcosm living in a sheltered Phillie world.

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