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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 SI.com'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

Mets GM Sandy Alderson thinks stabilizing bullpen including closer will be top priority this winter


Matt Capps could be on Mets radar?
The Mets entering free agency this winter have $55 million tied up in just three players that include Johan Santana, David Wright and Jason Bay.

If they do not re-sign shortstop Jose Reyes, who would almost certainly cost them upwards of $20 million per season, the Mets still must fill out a large chunk of their Opening Day roster through free agency.

Given the team's holes, it would not seem prudent for the Mets to spend roughly one-fifth of their remaining budget on any closer, let alone one with a history of personal issues in New York. Toss in Alderson's perceived (if not entirely accurate) reluctance to spend significant money on closers in general, and it seems beyond unlikely that Rodriguez will return to Flushing.

Sandy Alderson did recently indicate that stabilizing the bullpen will be a top priority this winter.

"If you look at the bullpen as one of those areas of particular disappointment, I think we were thin there to begin with," Alderson said. "Really, most critical was [the loss of] Frankie. It led to a number of auditions for that closer role and some uncertainty as to other roles, and there's no question that blowing saves at a pretty spectacular rate is pretty debilitating on a team."

Outside of signing D.J. Carrasco, who struggled mightily after signing a guaranteed two-year, $2.4 million deal, the Mets spent almost no money on their bullpen last winter.

Discounting Carrasco and Rodriguez, whom former general manager Omar Minaya had inked to a three-year deal, the Mets committed a combined $3 million to the other five relievers on their Opening Day roster.

A group that included two Minor League signings and a Rule 5 Draft pick and represented less than three percent of their payroll.

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 ESPNNewYork.com 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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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Mets get a couple of arms for K-Rod (Trade finally completed)


Daniel Ray Herrera
The Mets on Thursday selected right-hander Adrian Rosario and left-hander Daniel Ray Herrera from the Brewers to complete the teams' mid-July trade for reliever Francisco Rodriguez.

Rosario is a mid-level prospect who throws hard and was selected by Baltimore in the last Rule 5 Draft, but ultimately returned to Milwaukee. He struggled as a starter at Advanced Class A Brevard County, with a 5.83 ERA in 14 starts and two relief appearances, and was sent back down to Class A Wisconsin to pitch in relief, the role he had filled in 2010, and struck out 42 batters in 33 2/3 innings. He turns 22 on Sept. 30.

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

Friday, July 15, 2011

Brewers were on K-Rod's NO-Trade List


According to the USA Today, Pitcher Francisco Rodriguez said he wasn't surprised when he learned the Mets had traded him. He was surprised, however, when he learned he had been dealt to the Brewers.

The Brewers were on a list of 10 teams Rodriguez compiled along with then-agent Paul Kunzer when he signed with the Mets in late 2008.

"Still trying to find out what happened," Rodriguez said Thursday after he had joined the Brewers in Denver, where they're playing the Rockies. "I was told by my ex-agent about the 10-team list and Milwaukee was one of them. … I just found out my agent never sent the letter to the players association or MLB. The Mets had an opportunity to trade me to anyplace or anywhere they wanted to."

However, Rodriguez says he made out the list when he knew the Brewers had an established closer, Trevor Hoffman. Rodriguez, a closer himself who set the single-season saves record with 62 in 2008, says he's happy to be with the Brewers. He holds no grudge against the Mets, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"That's not an issue at all," said Rodriguez, dealt Tuesday by the Mets for two players to be named. The Brewers also receive cash in the deal.

"I'm a Brewer now, and I'm just going to go out there and compete," he said. "I'm trying to enjoy every moment, every day, work double as hard as I can and help this ballclub. That's the only thing I have in my mind."

Thursday, July 14, 2011

K-Rod Endorses Parnell As Mets Next Closer


This season K-Rod has served as a bullpen mentor for Bobby Parnell, even endorsing the hard throwing righty just last week. Rodriguez said this about Parnell's closing abilities:
He can do it and he knows it. I love that kid. I talk to him a lot and I love him. He's a guy who comes here everyday trying to improve himself to get better and better. He definitely has the tools.
Parnell was crowned the 8th inning man for the Mets in spring training but had a 6.14 ERA in April when he was placed on the disabled list with circulatory issues in his right hand. Since returning to the Mets on June 2nd, he regularly hit 100 mph on radar guns, has only 3 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings with a 1.56 ERA. GM Sandy Alderson told reporters on Wednesday that there are strong candidates in the existing bullpen who can take on the closer role.
Izzy has been in that role before, and pitched effectively in that role and effectively for us, this year. And the way Bobby Parnell has thrown the last three weeks or so has been impressive and also was a factor.
Alderson went on to say that those decisions will be best left up for Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen to address.

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 FOXSports.com, 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 MLB.com, 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.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Rumor Mill: Sandy Shopping Relievers K-Rod, Izzy, and Byrdak


Getting Shopped?
According to a report in the Daily News, two major league sources familiar with the Mets' thinking, Sandy Alderson and his staff have made clear to other teams that they are shopping closer Francisco Rodriguez (no surprise, given the expensive vesting option in his contract), setup man Jason Isringhausen and lefthanded specialist Tim Byrdak.

"They are really trying to move Isringhausen, and also Byrdak and K-Rod (before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline)," one of the sources said. "Those guys have pitched well, and they could help somebody."

With many contending teams looking for bullpen help, Alderson hopes he can parlay his veteran pitchers into decent minor leaguers - high-end prospects is probably a stretch - or at least salary relief.

Both Isringhausen and Byrdak have proven effective in their roles this season, and neither is under contract for 2012. It seems doubtful that either could bring a significant return in prospects, but the Mets will shop them aggressively, sources say, and see what market develops.

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