The New York Mets agreed to a three-year deal with free-agent closer Francisco Rodriguez, a source told ESPN on Tuesday.
Rodriguez's deal, worth $37 million plus additional incentives, is pending a physical, which the New York Post reported will take place Wednesday.
The deal is a one-year increase over the two years and $24 million the Mets are said to have initially offered the closer, who broke the major league single-season saves record last season with 62.
Well, as the resident Angels fan, I send my thanks to Frankie for the memories. And the Angels would never have won that 2002 World Series without him. It is sad to see him go, but the writing was on the wall since spring training that he wouldn't be back. And besides that, Jose Arredondo is more than ready to take the reigns. Still, it was fun to have Frankie around while it lasted.
Having said that, I will be happy that I won't have to sweat out every single one of his outings. The feeling that he would implode was present every single night he stepped on the mound and there would be more than one pitch an outing that nearly bounced passed the catcher. My prediction? "K-Rod" gives the Mets a good year, but turns into a huge bust by the end of his contract. Frankie's great, but if the Mets are judging him based on that save stat alone, they're going to be sorely disappointed.
Ehhhh. As a Mets fan I'll be glad to see somebody other than our current pitchers in the ninth inning and if it's true that the Mets are trying to get Huston Street from the A's to pitch in the 8th then they might have something going.
That being said. I think the closer is a dumb position and saves are a useless stat and would never pay a closer $37 million. I don't understand why closers get paid so much to pitch what is usually the easiest part of the game and I'll never understand why the best pitcher in the bullpen (supposedly) is sitting on the bench when there are runners on in the 7th or the heart of the lineup is up in the 8th and then they get brought in the 9th inning to pitch to the 7 through 9 hitters with a three run lead. That's not "saving" the game, that's just ending it.
Originally posted by QuezzyEhhhh. As a Mets fan I'll be glad to see somebody other than our current pitchers in the ninth inning and if it's true that the Mets are trying to get Huston Street from the A's to pitch in the 8th then they might have something going.
Billy Beane's definitely a savvy GM, but I'd bow down to his genius if he managed to deal Huston Street a second time, while no longer owning his rights.
Tony's ESPN column today is a great read on facing these two aces.
FYI: Gywnn got more hits off Maddux than any other pitcher.
I was ecstatic to see Tony go deep off Maddux one year at the Murph when I was in SD for the Comicon.