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Brewers acquire Francisco Rodriguez from Mets

Jul 13, 2011, 12:06 AM EDT

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Francisco Rodriguez has gone from closing in New York to setting up in Milwaukee.

K-Rod, who had 23 saves in 26 opportunities for the Mets, was acquired by the Brewers with cash for two players to be named, the team announced after Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

“Francisco has been one of the best relievers in the game for many years,” Brewers GM Doug Melvin said in a statement. “He is a high-quality arm who will be a tremendous asset to our bullpen as we prepare for the final months of the regular season and playoffs.”

The assumption is that Rodriguez didn’t have the Brewers on his no-trade list and thus couldn’t block the deal that almost certainly will prevent his $17.5 million option for 2012 from vesting.

Rodriguez’s option would kick in with 55 games finished this year, which is the big reason the Mets wanted to move him.  The Brewers won’t want to be responsible for that kind of payout, so they’ll use him as an eighth-inning guy in front of John Axford for the remainder of the season and then likely let him leave in free agency.

The Mets figure to turn to Bobby Parnell in the closer’s role as K-Rod’s replacement.  The hard-throwing Parnell, who has one career save to Rodriguez’s 291, has a 2.92 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings this season.

In theory, Rodriguez’s addition will give the Brewers a pair of dominant right-handers at the end of games.  However, it remains to be seen how K-Rod will react to the move.  He surely would have preferred to remain a closer and probably only partly for financial reasons.  It’s the first time in seven years that he’ll have had to work in a setup role.  In fact, he hasn’t recorded a single hold since 2004.

  1. pisano - Jul 13, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Good riddance!!

    • bigharold - Jul 13, 2011 at 1:00 AM

      As long as he didn’t end up in the Bronx, .. Via Con Dios!

  2. shaggytoodle - Jul 13, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    I am a fan of the Brewers, and while I like the idea of getting quality arms, I really wish there was someone else, that was so silly at times.

    I hope this doesn’t come back to bite them in the rear, but I can’t hold it against them for trying to win now, especially not knowing what thier future will hold with Fielder.

    • shaggytoodle - Jul 13, 2011 at 12:54 AM

      *wasn’t* so silly

  3. Spiro Agnew - Jul 13, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    the first good move the Mets have made in a while

    • nixonotis - Jul 13, 2011 at 1:15 AM

      With Sandy Alderson at the helm, you can expect quite a few more in the future.

  4. akeemdropsdaball - Jul 13, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    I wanna see who the two players are that the Mets are getting. I would hope one of them is an impact player now for the team, otherwise I’ll be mad.

    • nixonotis - Jul 13, 2011 at 1:46 AM

      You’re clueless.

      • akeemdropsdaball - Jul 13, 2011 at 1:52 AM

        How am I clueless? This doesn’t really affect getting Reyes in the offseason. There are teams that have more money to get Jose, even after getting rid of K-Rod.

      • gammagammahey - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:10 AM

        PTBNLs are pretty much never going to be someone who’s going to be an “impact player now”. They’re picking from a list of minor leaguers. I was happy to see K-Rod go for a bucket of balls to get rid of that contract. Anything else is gravy.

      • jwbiii - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:03 AM

        Anthony DiComo at twits that the Mets have a list of five minor leaguers to choose from.

      • jwbiii - Jul 13, 2011 at 5:18 AM

        Oh, and the Mets will be making their choices in September, after roster expansion. Players to be named later can’t have played in the same league (I honestly don’t what the time frame for that is) recently. Presumably, the Brewers will have called up their MLB ready talent, so this list is five other guys.

      • seanmk - Jul 13, 2011 at 10:29 AM

        that’s not always true that PTBNL can’t be impact players. tyler skaggs for instance was the PTBNL in the angels-diamondbacks trade with dan haren and joe saunders.

  5. uyf1950 - Jul 13, 2011 at 5:12 AM

    This seems like a good deal for everyone. K-Rod the Brewers, Mets and the Yankees. K-Rod gets to go to a contender in the NL where he should help the Brewers in their quest for the post season and he was going to be a FA in any case next season. The Mets don’t have to worry about his option vesting and lastly now there is no chance of the Yankees biting on him for the stretch run a run that they didn’t need his services for anyway.

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 13, 2011 at 9:20 AM

      I don’t know about K-rod being too happy about losing out on his option. Nobody is going to fork out that kind of loot for him. Basically he is going to be a few saves shy of hitting the jackpot there.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 13, 2011 at 10:09 AM

        You’re probably right. But like the article said it’s highly unlikely the Mets would have let him reach the vesting option anyway had they not traded him. Assuming that’s an accurate statement K-Rod isn’t losing anything this way.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 13, 2011 at 10:33 AM

        I don’t agree with the article because the Mets may get in trouble with the players union if they use someone else to close, and they’ve been winning at a much better clip lately. I guess it all depends on how the team is doing whether they’d be on the hook or not. I have a sneaky suspicion they would, had they not traded him away, and we darn well know the Brewers don’t have to use him to close. I’m sure in his mind anyway K-rod was looking forward to hitting those 55 games, and now he can’t.

  6. crazyfatima8 - Jul 13, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    He will quit to the Mets?

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