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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 15, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 12:06 pm

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

Just Philly fans loving to mouth off on the Mets. They won the World Series which gives them bragging rights. I just find it funny that one of their sports franchises wins a title and they act like they are some sort of Dynasty.

I like the signing for 3 years. I think the money is a little rich and I think Fuentas woudl be a better pick up but sometimes you have to make sacrifices.  And the Johan signing was great for the Mets. He did what that bum Glavine couldn't do which was win a bgi game for us at the end of the season. We just had another bum named Blowenweis who cost us the final game.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:55 am

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

ndgoat--I understand where you're coming from, but um, you're sort of ignoring the fact that if Wagner was healthy all year long, the Mets would've won the division.  So, having a top closer is not a waste of money for this team.  Actually you go ahead and state that they would've won the division if games ended after 7 innings (a really ridiculous stat, but the media loved it).  So, the 9th inning is sort of important.  Plus, if Lidge only blew a few the phils would've lost the division.  We're talking about a few saves one way or the other.

Plus, you probably didn't follow the Mets all that closely, but part of the reason the rest of the bullpen was so bad was that Wagner's injury threw a wrench into everything.  Guys were closing that shouldn't have been, situational guys were being overworked, and so having a guy that's there every day would improve the bullpen all around. 

Typical Mets move to spend as much as possible to compensate.Finally, please tell me where they have done this enough in the last 10 years to make it "typical".  I follow the team very closely.  They TRADED for Santana (giving up solid prospects) and THEN signed him.  Yes, they were one of only a few teams that could do that, but still it's not the same thing as spending as much as possible to compensate.  I guess there was Pedro...other than that, I need more evidence.  Beltran isn't spectacularly overpaid.  Delgado was a decent signing but not a huge overpayment either.  So where is this "typical" overspending to compensate going on?

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:42 am

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod are an idiot.  Perhaps you might have noticed that the only reason the Phillies won the division the last two years is because the Mets BP was completely atrocious.  32 blown leads/holds last year?  If we changed that to say 25 (which is still ridiculously high) we would have won the division.  I bet Krod helps change that stat next year  What should the Mets do?  Go with who they have?  As a Phillies fan I am sure you would love that.  The thing that cracks me up about Phillies fans is that you would rather see the Mets do poorly than to see your own team succeed.  But with 2 championships in 126 years I can understand why.  The Phillies make the Cubs franchise look good...and let me reiterate...YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:36 am

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

It's too much money for any closer, but it's a good deal when you compare it with the likes of BJ Ryan ($50 million).  To get the top closer in baseball for "only" three years / $36 mil isn't the worst deal.  Closers have a short shelf life, so not getting tied long-term to KRod is smart, even if the money is huge for those 3 years.


Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:36 am

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

Pretty much none of what you are saying is true, and I doubt you "heard" it from anyone. One, the mets are not the Yankees, and I know they will hold the line on their spending to around 25 million in additional salary comittments with the K-Rod deal taking up 12 million of that. Two, you can't sign three type A closers for 7-11 million a year and tell them to pitch middle relief and set up. For every type A player you sign you give up a first round draft pick, which the mets are not willing to do let alone pay them. Your Orlando Hudson fantasy signing would be the 4th type A free agent which isn't even allowed under major league rules, which sets the limit on the number of type A's you can sign according to the number of eligible free agents, I think 3 for this year.

Shippin Heilman out of town is likely, but it will cost more than him to get Huston Street.  More likely the mets will resign Ayala and another budget reliever and make a run at a starting pitcher like Lowe, with Oliver Perez or Ben Sheets as the backup plan.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:34 am

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

Omar Minaya overpaying for another latin player?  Does anyone else see a pattern here?  And it has paid such big dividends hasn't it?  Mets fans crack me up!  Every year its the same thing.  They sign a big name FA and Mets fans prepare to buy their WS tickets.  But never get the opportunity. 

Keep extending Minaya's contract Mets brass.  I love seeing you CHOKE every year!

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:30 am

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

They already had Billy Wagner a solid closer, but one huge signing will not make a bullpen.  Unlike the Mets the Phils had a solid bullpen top to bottom.  If games ended after the 7th inning the Mets probably would have won the division by 7 or 8 games.  Even with K-Rod the bullpen as a whole will still be weak.  Typical Mets move to spend as much as possible to compensate.  They better add more depth if they plan to play well throughout the year and get games to K-Rod.

Lidge didn't blow a single save last year....K-Rod set the record but blew a few, remember that.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:29 am

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

I'm going to ignore the idiocy about naming the stadium (nobody except the yankees has the billions to build a new stadium and not sell naming rights).  The only way you can knock the team for naming the field after Citibank is if you took all of your money out of the market two years ago and put it under your mattress because you foresaw the collapse.  Besides, who cares about naming rights anyhow?  Besides being relatively trivial, it has nothing to do with a team or its fans.  If it was up to us, it would be named Hodges Field or Seaver Stadium or Metropolitan Park or something else, but none of us has any say...unless there are board members son here.  If so--hey how's it going?  Can you hook me up with opening day tickets!  Anyhow, on to the actual baseball aspect of this news...

I'm actually not a huge fan of the signing, because I think K-Rod has been badly overworked and the shelf life of closers is fairly short.  5-6 years is very common even for the best--we know about the others because they're the very rare exceptions.  Still, Omar had zero choice...if he doesn't sign him and they don't make it next year, he'll be gone the day after the season.  So, hopefully it works.  If it does, it becomes the most obvious FA signing ever and as Mets fans we're ecstatic.  If he breaks down or isn't the K-Rod we've seen over the last five years, hopefully the fans don't jump all over Omar for making a move that everyone wanted.

I'm also not a fan of the salary structure in baseball, but it is what it is these days.  It would be great to have small market teams like Cincy and Pittsburgh be able to compete in the signing process like this--and maybe it'll happen sometime in the future because it should--but given the current situation this is the best move for the Mets and they had the ability to do it.

Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:27 am

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

This is just a stupid comment.  The mets have absolutely nothing to do with the financial status of CitiBank.  They made a shrewd business decision to sell their naming rights long before the the financial crisis with a seemingly stable well renowned company.  The fact that they went belly up has nothing to do with the Mets and neither does the bailout.  I'm sure if they knew this would happen they wouldn't have made the deal.
So channel your childish outbursts elsewhere.

Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:24 am

Mets close in on deal with K-Rod

Seems like the mets are still bidding against themselves.  Why not just tell Paul Kinzer 3 years 30-32 million guaranteed take it or we'll offer Fuentes 3 years 30 million. K-Rod is obviously the guy they want, but they really are holding all the cards, remember it was only 3 years ago when people we were saying 10 million a year for a closer was absurd.  So why give K-Rod, Mariano Rivera money, seems pointless. But whatever they get their man.

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