Showing posts with label Francisco Rodriguez. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Francisco Rodriguez. Show all posts

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wheeler, Francisco, Santana, Davis, Francisco, Wright, Byrd, Valdespin

Mets News and Notes:

Zack Wheeler said he came through a 30-pitch bullpen session feeling OK, although he noted he was not throwing full throttle.

Wheeler was on top of a mound for the first time since being scratched eight days earlier with a right oblique strain.

"Honestly, today is probably the first day that it's 100 percent," Wheeler said. "Leading up to this day, it was getting better every day. So I expected it. I'll continue to get treatment for it probably throughout spring training -- a little preventitive thing.

"That was the first time on the mound in -- what -- a week, a week and a half, whatever it is? I was throwing 70, 75 percent. I let a few of them go just to see how it feels. It felt good."

Frank Francisco said he aims to step on a mound Saturday for the first time in camp.

Francisco, who has been battling elbow inflammation, long tossed at distances up to 130 feet Thursday morning.

"I just feel like I've got to get my strength -- throw a little more maybe, get my power back," Francisco said. "I feel like I'm not loose yet, like I don't have power, my whole body. I feel like I don't have my release point yet. That takes a while."

He remains likely to open the season on the disabled list, but the absence may be limited to the first six days of the season because of backdating rules.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

K-Rod Open to Idea of Returning to Mets

Francisco Rodriguez, who remains unsigned and said he is open to returning to the Mets to finish what he started.

“Think about once again to come back, and redeem myself, that would be great because I got to be realistic and honest,” said Rodriguez, who is playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. “You’d have to be real blind not to see that I failed when I was there. That’s not even a question. Definitely, to get one more shot, go back and get it done, that would be great.”

Rodriguez said he would love to be the closer, but would take another role if needed.

“I have to prove what I’m capable of as far as how is my body, how healthy,” he said before the Venezuelan team faced the Mets in an exhibition game. “Do I want to close again, definitely, no doubt in my mind.”

Rodriguez said his agent spoke to the Mets over the winter, but not recently.

Frank Francisco, the Mets closer for most of last year, is owed $6.5 million this season. But he has not pitched so far this spring. Bobby Parnell, who has had mixed success finishing games, is expected to be the closer for now.

K-Rod's Career Stats:
2002 ANA 0 0 0.00 5 4 0 5.2 3 0 0 0 2
2003 ANA 8 3 3.03 59 23 2 86.0 50 30 29 12 35
2004 ANA 4 1 1.82 69 29 12 84.0 51 21 17 2 33
2005 LAA 2 5 2.67 66 58 45 67.1 45 20 20 7 32
2006 LAA 2 3 1.73 69 58 47 73.0 52 16 14 6 28
2007 LAA 5 2 2.81 64 56 40 67.1 50 22 21 3 34
2008 LAA 2 3 2.24 76 69 62 68.1 54 21 17 4 34
2009 NYM 3 6 3.71 70 66 35 68.0 51 34 28 7 38
2010 NYM 4 2 2.20 53 46 25 57.1 45 14 14 3 21
2011 TOT 6 2 2.64 73 36 23 71.2 67 22 21 4 26
2011 NYM 2 2 3.16 42 34 23 42.2 44 15 15 3 16
2011 MIL 4 0 1.86 31 2 0 29.0 23 7 6 1 10
2012 MIL 2 7 4.38 78 13 3 72.0 65 37 35 8 31
11 Yrs 38 34 2.70 682 458 294 720.2 533 237 216 56 314
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Generated 3/6/2013.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets looking at closers to bolster beleaguered bullpen

The Mets' search for bullpen help has led them to some prominent free agent relievers. The Mets are pursuing Jose Valverde, and would even consider bringing Francisco Rodriguez back to New York, Adam Rubin of reports.

However, a deal with Brian Wilson is now considered “very unlikely.”

The Mets are interested in signing Valverde, but only on their terms. Rubin suggests the Mets might be prepared to guarantee Valverde $4MM on a deal with significant incentives. Though the Mets have some interest in Rodriguez, he is believed to be seeking about $7MM, according to Rubin. Both free agent right-handers are clients of the Boras Corporation.

The Mets visited Roy Oswalt to convince him to join the team as its closer, Rubin reports. Oswalt is not interested in becoming a closer, so he’s no longer an option for GM Sandy Alderson. The Mets have one serious offer out to a late-inning reliever who’s not a closer, Rubin adds. The team expects to hear back from the player shortly.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Familia, Baxter, Francisco, Mets Trade Front

Mets News and Notes:

Jeurys Familia limited Toledo to one run and three hits in a career-high eight innings, but Triple-A Buffalo lost in extra innings to the Mud Hens. With St. Lucie, Mike Baxter went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts as the DH in the fourth day of a maximum 20-day rehab assignment.

Jon Rauch had his knees drained before the series opener and was unavailable Tuesday. He returned to game action Wednesday and pitched a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts.

The Mets are aiming for Frank Francisco (oblique) to begin a rehab assignment next Friday, so the closer should miss the upcoming homestand against the Dodgers and Nationals.

On the Trade Front:

David Lennon in Newsday reports the Mets have targeted Oakland reliever Grant Balfour.

Only Choice Left?
Sandy Alderson tells Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger: “We’re not interested in doing something just to create the impression that we’re doing something." McCullough reports the Mets have scouted Milwaukee’s Francisco Rodriguez, San Diego’s Huston Street, Kansas City’s Jonathan Broxton and Houston’s Brett Myers.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Mets Rumor Mill: Broxton, Street, Quentin, Rodriguez

Mets Rumor Mill:

With the trading deadline at the end of the month, here is a look at some of the players that have been mentioned to be fits for the Mets. The Mets obviously need a right handed bat and some relief help..

The Royals have indicated to other teams that they are willing to trade closer Jonathan Broxton, reports Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Rosenthal lists the Mets as one potential suitor.

Broxton, 28, is owed approximately $2MM for the rest of the season and will become a free agent this winter. The right-hander has pitched to a 2.05 ERA with 20 saves in 23 chances, though his strikeout rate (6.8 K/9) is way down compared to his glory years with the Dodgers.

The Mets are actively seeking relief help, but it’s highly doubtful they’d trade for Huston Street, who publicly criticized Mets bench coach Bob Geren last year.  Mets GM Sandy Alderson, who insists they won’t trade top prospects, are likely to wait until the end of the month before making any trades.

One prominent Mets player told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that the team could use a right-handed bat. “We can’t hit lefties,” the player said. The NL East features some elite left-handed pitchers so a hitter like Carlos Quentin might appeal to Mets GM Sandy Alderson.

One veteran player suggested to Martino that the Mets should stay away from Francisco Rodriguez because the reliever has “too much baggage.”

Stay tuned for more!


Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Valdespin, Nieuwenhuis, Bay, Alderson, K-Rod Reunion?

Mets News and Notes:

Jordany Valdespin appears headed back to the Mets and Kirk Nieuwenhuis will go on the DL. Valdespin homered Tuesday for Triple-A Buffalo, a day after producing a four-steal game with the Bisons.  

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after suffering a bruised right hand during batting practice. Andres Torres instead started in center field.

Jason Bay hit indoors and ran at Citi Field on Tuesday. He expected to head to the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Thursday and potentially be activated from the disabled list in nine days, when the Mets reassemble after the All-Star break in Atlanta for the July 13 second-half opener.

In support of Wright, Sandy Alderson took to Twitter for a second time in three days to take a jab at the selection of Pablo Sandoval as the NL's starting third baseman in the All-Star Game.

Alderson tweeted on Tuesday: ASG election of "Kung Fu Panda" shows the value of a cute nickname. Surprised Giants fans didn't elect a "ball dude" to start at 3B.

That followed a Sunday tweet in which Alderson wrote: Wright vs.Sandoval: A city of 8 million was outvoted by a city of 800,000.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Rumor Mill: Mets have reached out to K-Rod, Maybe reunion in works?

After being apart for just half a season, the Mets have reached out to Francisco Rodriguez about a reunion, according to's Jon Heyman (Twitter link).

K-Rod signed a three-year, $37.5MM deal with the Mets almost three years ago to the day (Dec. 9, 2008). He rewarded them with 168 innings of 3.05 ERA ball to go along with 83 saves and a 10.0 K/9 before he was dealt to the Brewers this past summer. He was even better in Milwaukee, striking out 33 in 29 innings and posting a sparkling 1.86 ERA while setting up for John Axford.

Rodriguez has said that he's seeking a three-year deal and a closing job this offseason, and is arguably the top reliever on the market now that Jonathan Papelbon and Heath Bell have signed.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Milwaukee Brewers decline options for K-Rod and Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt

The Milwaukee Brewers declined the options for pitcher Francisco Rodriguez and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt on Sunday, making both players free agents.

Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod), who was acquired on July 12 of last season in a trade from the New York Mets, had a mutual option worth $17.5 million dollars for next season but will instead receive a $4 million buyout.

The major-league record holder for saves in a single season (62) had a 6-2 record with a 2.64 ERA and 23 saves last season, serving mainly as an eighth- inning man with Milwaukee.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Could there be a K-Rod/Mets Re-union???

According to the Sporting News, Francisco Rodriguez may find himself welcomed back in Queens this offseason.

A day after the Mets' former closer said he'd be willing to return to New York, a club official told that it would consider re-signing Rodriguez as a free agent.

Francisco Rodriguez may have one unlikely suitor this offseason: the Mets.

"We haven't ruled anything out," the official told the website Monday. "We need a closer. It is a long way down the road. We haven't had those meetings yet. But, for us, I wouldn't rule anything out."

The Mets traded Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers last July in a money-saving move. Rodriguez could have earned $17.5 million next season if his 2012 option had vested. Rodriguez agreed to drop the option after joining the Brewers to so he could test the market this winter and ensure he'll be a closer again.

On Sunday, Rodriguez told reporters that he had no hard feelings toward the Mets and would consider coming back to the club. Rodriguez, 29, was the team’s closer for 2 1/2 seasons.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

News and Notes: K-Rod Back to Mets?, Capuano's Salary, Pelfrey and Mets Not A Long Term Marriage?

Francisco Rodriguez said he would consider returning to the Mets as a free agent this winter, reports Matt Ehalt for ESPN New York.

"I understand this is a business, they did what they needed to do and feel what they need to early in the year to trade me, (but) the door is still open," Rodriguez said. "I'm not the type of person that is going to burn bridges and say, no, I'm not coming this place because they trade me or whatever. I'm open-minded and open to come here to New York once again in the future."

Chris Capuano's 2011 salary currently stands at around $2.65MM, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Capuano signed with New York for a base salary of $1.5MM last winter, but he is on pace to more than double that total thanks to incentives. Rubin notes that Capuano will receive $75K for each of his next seven starts, plus $550K if the southpaw can reach the 170-inning plateau.

Capuano threw 5 2/3 innings today, bringing his total to 145 1/3 innings pitched for the season.

Friday, August 19, 2011

K-Rod on Bobby Parnell as Mets Closer

With Jason Isringhausen having reached 300 saves as the Mets closer,  Bobby Parnell is getting groomed for the future Mets' closing role.

Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod), who is back at Citi Field this weekend with the Milwaukee Brewers, offers this analysis of Parnell as a closer candidate:

“That kid has great stuff and I love him to death," K-Rod said. "He's a guy who shows up to the stadium to prove himself, works hard day in and day out. Unfortunately, he's not getting the job done. He's leaving the ball up, not making quality pitches when he needs to. He's getting hit around a little bit.

“The only way you can find out if he is capable to get it done is let him do that job in the ninth inning. Throw him out in a tough situation and let him get experience. That's the only way they are going to find if he is capable or not.

“He has the tools and the mentality. He might have to get a little bit mean and start bossing people and get a little angry out there. ... When he has the ball they're going to hit whatever he wants, not what the hitter wants.”

Source: ESPN/ Adam Rubin

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sandy Alderson addresses the K-Rod Trade to media

Sandy Alderson addresses the K-Rod trade to the media

Scott Boras had no influence on trade talks, he didn't even know?

According to the NY Post:

Francisco Rodriguez recently hired Scott Boras as his agent, but Boras was not the mastermind behind the trade that sent K-Rod from the Mets to the Milwaukee Brewers, FOX Sports reported Wednesday.

In fact, it appears Boras had no direct influence on the trade talks.

Milwaukee was not among the 10 teams to which Rodriguez could have blocked a trade, major league sources told, meaning the deal took place without the blessings of Boras or the four-time All-Star reliever.

As a result, Boras was unable to negotiate any financial bonuses or conditions with the deal — such as whether Rodriguez will serve as a closer with his new team. K-Rod’s role is of the utmost importance from a contractual standpoint, since his $17.5 million option for next year will vest if he finishes another 21 games this season.

CBS Video: Does K-Rod Close or Setup for Brewers?

K-Rod Trade Details and Links

Shortly after the All-Star game last night, the Brewers came out of nowhere to acquire Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez and $5MM from the Mets for two minor league players to be named later.

The deal came together quickly, tweets ESPN's Adam Rubin. The Mets couldn't afford to wait much longer, because K-Rod has a $17.5MM option for 2012 that vests with 55 games finished, and the reliever racked up 34 closing for the Mets.

Details and links on the shocking deal...

Brewers GM Doug Melvin told Jim Memolo and Mel Antonen of MLB Network Radio that the list of five minor league players the Mets will choose from in September does not include the Brewers' "top top guys," but they are "players that could play in the big leagues."

The Brewers were not among the ten teams to which Rodriguez could block a trade, report Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. That comes as no surprise, because new agent Scott Boras had indicated recently that his client would not approve a trade to set up if the team was among those ten. The smart money is on K-Rod setting up for Brewers closer John Axford, though there's room for the new acquisition to safely finish ten or more games.

Though the agent had no influence on the trade, Rosenthal and Morosi note that it benefits Boras to get Rodriguez to free agency after the season, commission-wise. I imagine Boras found all of this to be the likely scenario when he began representing K-Rod.

Breaking News: K-Rod traded to Brewers

The Mets have traded K-Rod to the Milwaukee Brewers with cash for two players to be named later.

The Mets are expected to make Bobby Parnell the closer. The Mets also have Jason Isringhausen that can close out games as he did in the past...

There will be updates through out the day for more on this ...
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

K- Rod's option MIGHT NOT be a road block for trade

K-Rod made it official that he just changed agents, from Paul Kinzer to Scott Boras.

Boras according to CBS Sports, is likely to be less worried about the vesting option and more concerned about positioning Rodriguez as the best closer on this winter's free-agent market (and, in fact, Boras reminded reporters Monday that K-Rod is a closer and should remain one).

The best way to position Rodriguez as a closer is to have him close games all year -- and if he does it in a pennant race, so much the better).

But what about that $17.5 million?

Well, it doesn't need to be $17.5 million. K-Rod could potentially (and would consider, according to sources) bargain away that vesting option, perhaps for an increase in the $3.5 million buyout that is already part of his contract.

That way, the Mets could get prospects they need back in a trade (and avoid paying the $17.5 million themselves), the acquiring team would get a quality closer (and not run the risk of spending $17.5 million next year themselves).

And K-Rod would get an improved buyout, a chance to better position himself in the free-agent market, and the opportunity to hit the market at 29 years old, rather than at 30.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Is there a trade of K-Rod on the horizon? K-Rod hires Scott Boras to be his agent

According to Anthony DiComo and Adam Berry of, Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has left agent Paul Kinzer of the Wasserman Media Group and signed on with Scott Boras.

K-Rod is playing out the final chapter of a three-year, $37 million free agent contract that he signed with the Mets in December 2008. The deal carries a hefty $17.5 million option for 2012 that will vest if he finishes 55 games this season.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Rumor Mill: K-Rod getting shopped around by Mets

According to Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record, the Yankees say the Mets have made Francisco Rodriguez available for trade.

More specifically, Klapisch was told by a source that the "door is wide open."

However, the Yankees would prefer to wait on the progress of Rafael Soriano.

K-Rod has 31 games finished already, so assuming the Mets fall out of playoff contention, look for them to make every effort to deal him before he reaches the 55-game threshold.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Poll: Who do you think the Mets will Trade?

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