Apparently, Francisco Rodriguez wasn’t nearly as difficult to move as most people thought he would be. Either that or Sandy Alderson is a genius. Let’s go with the latter. Alderson & co. found a taker in the Milwaukee Brewers, sending K-Rod and $5 million in exchange for two players to be named later (who they have until September to pick).
Rodriguez had his ups and downs with the Mets, but overall, he did a pretty decent job. From 2009 to present, K-Rod posted a 3.05 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 2.48 K/BB, and an average of twenty-eight saves (eighty-three total). His 4.0 BB/9 was a little stressful to watch, but he limited hits for the most part (7.5 Hits/9) and knew how to buckle batters too (10.0 K/9). His finest season in orange and blue came in 2010, when he posted a marvelous 2.20 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 3.19 K/BB. His highest save total as a Met was in 2009, when he saved thirty-five games.
The main reason for Rodriguez’s departure is obviously his infamous $17.5 million 2012 option that will inevitably become guaranteed once he finishes fifty-five games. The Mets felt that using those funds on more important players, like Jose Reyes for instance, would be prudent. It’s hard to disagree. Unless the Mets themselves trade for a closer (not happening), the favorites to take the ninth inning job are Bobby Parnell and Jason Isringhausen.
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