Adios, K-Rod

Posted: July 13, 2011 in Mets

As the Mets get ready to begin the second half of the season, they’ll do so without Francisco Rodriguez, traded late Tuesday night to the Milwaukee Brewers for a pair of players to be named later.
The Mets also sent cash in the deal, but the key point to be extracted from the trade is the Mets are no longer on the hook to pay K-Rod’s ridiculous player option, which vests if he finishes 55 games this year (he was well on the pace to exceed that mark). If he got there with the Mets, the team would have paid him $17 million next season, an astronomical amount to pay a closer and a figure that would have tied down the payroll.
Getting rid of K-Rod gives the Mets more financial flexibility going forward, meaning more money to throw at Jose Reyes, which is fine by me. It also could allow them to sign a few of their later draft picks overslot, another plus. I also have faith in Sandy Alderson to snag a pair of diamonds in the rough as the players to be named later, or at least one diamond in the rough.
Now, the focus shifts to Carlos Beltran. The Mets (46-45) keep saying they’re not necessarily going to deal Beltran and will wait to see how they play immediately after the all-star break, but let’s face it – this team isn’t sniffing the playoffs. They’ve far exceeded my expectations, especially given all the injuries, and have truly been fun to watch this year, but they’re 7 1/2 games out of playoff contention and unless they tear off a 12-2 run (almost impossible given the Phils and Cards are the first two teams they play), the Mets will go into full sell-mode. Hopefully Beltran will fetch a top prospect, as he will be the best bat on the market.


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