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Why the Mets had to move K-Rod

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08:14 AM ET 07.13 | Sitting on a few time-bomb contracts, Sandy Alderson made the deal to send Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers. Though the Mets are still, at the least, on the periphery of the wild-card race, Alderson made this deal for the simplest of reasons: It had to be done. K-Rod's $17.5 million vesting option for 2012 was the time bomb ticking on the Mets all season. They simply could not let it explode on next year's payroll, dimming -- among other things -- their chances to keep Jose Reyes. So Alderson defused the problem by moving Rodriguez and $5 million to the Brewers for two players to be named. Look, Alderson was hired because the Mets needed an adult in the room.

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July 13, 2011  08:33 AM ET
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Plus, KRod sucks.

I questioned the deal as well...the Brewers had an effective closer already. Now I guess that closer will take the set-up role and watch K-Rod blow all the save chances.

July 13, 2011  08:35 AM ET
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I questioned the deal as well...the Brewers had an effective closer already. Now I guess that closer will take the set-up role and watch K-Rod blow all the save chances.

The Yankees must be crushed that they missed out on this gem.

July 13, 2011  08:38 AM ET
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The Yankees must be crushed that they missed out on this gem.

thats a good joke

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July 13, 2011  08:40 AM ET

Milwaukee has always been a pretty fiscally conservative team. 22 appearances and they owe K-Rod $17M. Very curious move but as a Mets fan, I'm thrilled.

July 13, 2011  08:49 AM ET

What Commissioner would approve all these salary dumping trades for money changing hands and a Brewer team that has no top prospects to move anymore? What happened to integrity of the game and the fans and all? Ooops! my bad, thats right, Selig was an owner who now has a statue in front of the Brewers stadium.

July 13, 2011  08:50 AM ET
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thats a good joke

Thank you. I'm here all week.

Try the veal.

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July 13, 2011  08:59 AM ET
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the schnitzel is quite good around here

I'll remember that.

July 13, 2011  09:08 AM ET

The Brewers would have to be insane to have KRod close exclusively for them and let that "55 games finished" option vest. They have no obligation to make this guy their closer, they can just say their present closer is doing fine and KRod is a setup guy. If KRod/Boras try to pull off some kind of sit down strike, then he's damaging his own value going into a FA year.

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July 13, 2011  09:23 AM ET

Alderson was scared to death that the Mets would be stuck when that 17 million dollar clause kicked in. Money move, pure and simple. Traded for players to be named later? Laurel and Hardy, Abbot and Costello. This is a joke.

July 13, 2011  09:32 AM ET
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I questioned the deal as well...the Brewers had an effective closer already. Now I guess that closer will take the set-up role and watch K-Rod blow all the save chances.

I'd love to see it play out exactly like that.....

July 13, 2011  09:48 AM ET
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I questioned the deal as well...the Brewers had an effective closer already. Now I guess that closer will take the set-up role and watch K-Rod blow all the save chances.

No way the Brewers use him to close. He'll be the set up man. The Brewers aren't gonna let that $17MM option vest.

July 13, 2011  09:48 AM ET

Good morning all!

July 13, 2011  09:52 AM ET

K-Rod has not been part of the Mets' future since he beat up his father-in-law. He has been good this year and the Mets were smart this season to let him build up some trade value. He is no longer a top caliber closer for playoff team.

Sometimes "player-to-be-named-later" is used because of DL status or individual contract specifications.

Also, he is probably a South American 29.

July 13, 2011  09:56 AM ET
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K-Rod has not been part of the Mets' future since he beat up his father-in-law. He has been good this year and the Mets were smart this season to let him build up some trade value. He is no longer a top caliber closer for playoff team.Sometimes "player-to-be-named-later" is used because of DL status or individual contract specifications.Also, he is probably a South American 29.

Correction. KRod has been OK this year. Good is taking it too far.

July 13, 2011  10:13 AM ET
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I questioned the deal as well...the Brewers had an effective closer already. Now I guess that closer will take the set-up role and watch K-Rod blow all the save chances.

Krod wont be the closer, he will be the set up guy. No chance brewers can afford to pay Krod 17.5 mil next year, therefore they wont let him finish games so the option dosn't get picked up

 
July 13, 2011  10:16 AM ET
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Correction. KRod has been OK this year. Good is taking it too far.

well, depends how you measure a closer's success. fact is he is 23 for 26 is save opportunities, Rivera by way of comparison was 21 of 25 or 6 last I checked. While I'm not saying he is better than Rivera, he has done his job well.

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