Francisco Rodriguez traded to the Brewers

According to a late night tweet from Jon Heyman it seems as if Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers:

Krod plus cah goes to milw for 2 players to be named later
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Jon Heyman

Heyman’s original tweet was then confirmed by multiple reports:

As far as the amount of cash New York sent to the Brew Crew in the deal, Joel Sherman offered this late night/early morning tweet:

Heard #Mets sent $5M to #Brewers as part of the K-Rod trade
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Joel Sherman

If Sherman is right, that amounts to the Mets essentially paying all of their former closer’s remaining salary for this season.

Rodriguez, who signed a 3 year/$37 million contract with the Mets prior to the 2009 season, was on pace to finish 61 games for NY this season which would surpass the 55 games finished required for his atrocious $17.5 million option to vest.  He posted 23 saves with a 3.16 ERA, with 46 strikeouts over 42 inning pitched for NY this season:

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, it could be Parnell that gets the opportunity to close in K-Rod’s absence:

I presume Bobby Parnell would get the primary closing role. Or some Izzy.
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Adam Rubin

I’ve said before that I really believe, with the healthy re-emergence of Jason Isringhausen, Bobby Parnell, and Pedro Beato, losing K-Rod is the one hole New York has a shot at filling while only mildly feeling the effects.

Since his return from the DL, Parnell has allowed just three runs over 16 2/3 inning pitched, lowering his ERA from a putrid 5.63 to a more than respectable 2.92:

“Francisco has been on e of the best relievers in the game for many years,” Brewers general manager 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.”

If you were wondering the quality of prospects the Mets may receive in this deal, not much according to ESPN’s Keith Law:

Brewers have no elite ones. RT @: @ You assume they will be middling prospects?
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keithlaw

According to Buster Olney, the deal is purely a salary dump for the Mets:

Pure salary dump by the Mets. Pure salary add by Brewers, without giving up high-end talent. Bell would have cost a high-end prospect.
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Buster Olney

Olney also adds:

Interesting gamble by the Brewers on k-rod; I bet they gave up very little in terms of PTBNL. Deal also signals strong chance Beltran moved.
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Buster Olney

Looks as if the Mets are not the only team who will not allow the Rodriguez option to kick in:

One thing is for sure: #Brewers will not let Rodriguez finish 21 more games in 2011. If he does, a $17.5 M option vests for 2012.

I had long stated that the one thing general manager Sandy Alderson must accomplish was trading K-Rod, and helping the club rid itself of that albatross of a option the closer had coming to him.  Well, Alderson succeeded, and did so with plenty of time to spare as we are still two weeks away from the trade deadline.  Good job, Sandy, good job.

 

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