Showing posts with label K-Rod. Show all posts
Showing posts with label K-Rod. Show all posts

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?

Mets Chronicle invites you to Vote in our new monthly poll.

This Month's Poll Question:

Who do you think the Mets will Trade?

Carlos Beltran
Jose Reyes
Mike Pelfrey
None of the Above

Please Vote on our right sidebar located at the top.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Nolan Ryan Shoots down Beltran and K-Rod "Interest"

Yesterday, Jon Heyman reported that the Texas Rangers were interested in both Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez of the New York Mets. It didn't take long for the Rangers to downplay those rumors.

Nolan Ryan addressed the rumors on 103.3 FM's Galloway and Company.
"I can't believe that we have an interest in either," Ryan told 103.3 FM's Galloway and Company.

"I don't see that's an upgrade" to the Rangers' bullpen, Ryan said. "And Beltran, you worry about his knee. And you're taking on an awful lot of salary."

I Guess when the president Ryan speaks,  people better listen..

Monday, June 27, 2011

Texas Rangers are interested in Beltran and K-Rod???

WFAN and’s Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers are “interested” in Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez.

Beltran and the Rangers are not an obvious match, since Texas is set at the outfield corners with Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. Of course, there are ways to make it work, as Hamilton and Beltran are capable of playing center field. Plus, Hamilton and Cruz are not locks to avoid the DL from here on out.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Whispers: K-Rod is NOT on the Yankees wish list

According to the NY Post,  The Yankees are searching for bullpen help, but Francisco Rodriguez is not on their wish list.

A published report had the Mets closer saying he would be willing to accept a setup role in The Bronx, but a source said the Yankees have "no interest" in Rodriguez if he is traded.

Rodriguez has 20 saves, but the Yankees don't like several things about him, from his contract to his off-field behavior.

Doing a deal with their crosstown rivals is also a tricky situation that could inflate what the Mets look for in return.

ESPN: Source, "Mets need to trade Francisco Rodriguez soon, to keep his vesting option from becoming a problem"

According to Buster Olney of  ESPN:
A rival team official believes the Mets need to trade Francisco Rodriguez soon to keep his vesting option from becoming a problem.
He's at 28 games finished now (needs 55 to vest a $17.5MM salary for next year), and the longer they keep him the less flexibility a team will have after acquiring him.
I think the Mets should rid themselves of K-Rod. At this point the way things are going , Parnell can't do any worse.

Friday, June 24, 2011

K-Rod Open to Trade to Contender Team As Setup Guy

K-Rod has stated that he would give up his closer role if traded to a contender team. "If I am going to be traded, obviously I want the opportunity to close out games, but if it's going to be good teams like the Yankees or the Rays, and it's going to be for two months, I can go out there and help them out," Rodriguez said Thursday, according to the New York Daily News. The Mets have incentive to dump Rodriguez. He has a $17.5 million vesting option for 2012 that kicks in if he finishes 55 games this season. He has already finshed 28. If a team picks him up to be a setup man, that issue wouldn't come into play. Rodriguez also has a no-trade clause to 10 teams, but he doesn't think that's a big deal. "Honestly I don't even know what (teams) are on the no-trade clause, I haven't even been asked about that yet," Rodriguez said, according to the Daily News. "I mean I would definitely love to stay here, but I have to be open to every possibility out there right now." Rodriguez has 20 saves and a 3.25 ERA this season but it seems he already has one foot out of the door. So let's all just give him that final shove and leave his uniform out on the front yard.

Friday, June 17, 2011

K-Rod "Doesn't Care" about facing Angels

K-Rod who saved an MLB record of 62 games for Anaheim in 2008 could care less about facing the Angels for the first time since signing with the Mets .
"It's another team..when I cross that line, this is my enemy."
Rodriguez said he is thankful for the opportunity the Angels provided him but added that he doesn't "have to show or prove anything to anybody." K-Rod recently snapped a 19 game save streak when he gave up a game tying 2- run home run in a loss to Atlanta Thursday night. He's pitched three straight games, but is anxious to get back on the mound Friday. "After the outing Thursday night, I definitely want to go back there," he stated before Friday's game.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Rumor Mill: K-Rod would not mind being used as setup if traded

According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez says he doesn’t want to be traded to a team that would use him as a setup man.

He would, however, consider filling that role for a club that acquired him, signed him to a contract extension and returned him to the closer’s role next season.

“That would be great,” Rodriguez said Friday. “That would be no problem.”

Rodriguez, 29, has a limited no-trade clause that allows him to block trades to 10 undisclosed teams. His market would shrink further if he said publicly that he was only willing to close.

But that is not his position.

While Rodriguez said, “I honestly don’t really want to go anywhere else and set up,” he added, “at the same time, I’m not closing the door” – particularly if he is asked to set up only for the rest of this season and assured of his future.

The Rangers are an example of a club that might be interested in Rodriguez under such conditions. They could use Rodriguez as a setup man, then make him the closer next season and move Neftali Feliz to the rotation.

Under that scenario, the Rangers would not need to worry about Rodriguez finishing 55 games and guaranteeing his $17.5 million option for next season. They could sign Rodriguez to an extension at a lower salary.

Rodriguez currently is on pace to finish 62 games. Teams might balk at acquiring him as a closer even if the Mets contribute $3.5 million to cover what would have been his buyout, something the team is willing to do.

Rodriguez is 15-for-16 in save opportunities, and had a 0.74 ERA in 25 games before allowing three runs in the ninth inning Friday night in a 6-4 loss to the Phillies.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

K-Rod willing to consider any deal presented to him and waive his no-trade

A source close to the reliever told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that Francisco Rodriguez is going to be pretty flexible about a deal should the team attempt to move him this summer.

According to the source, Rodriguez will consider any deal presented to him and would discuss getting rid of his vesting option for 2012 in return for a multiyear extension.

It’s K-Rod’s vesting option that has had the Mets jumpy for over a year now. Rodriguez will earn $17.5 million next season if he finishes 55 games this year. Even if he doesn’t, he gets a $3.5 million buyout.

Rodriguez has finished 18 of the Mets’ 47 games so far, putting him on pace for 62 games finished over the course of the season.

K-Rod’s deal allows him to block trades to 10 teams.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Audio: K-Rod on the WFAN with Joe and Evan

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 16 - Mets at Braves (Mets Win, Break Losing Streak)

Josh Thole - New York NL - 2010 Home AlternateImage by BaseballBacks via Flickr
Final Score: New York 3, Atlanta 2

Josh Thole had a pair of run-scoring singles, as the New York Mets snapped their seven-game slide with a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves in the finale of a three-game set at Turner Field.

Jose Reyes had a pair of hits and scored twice, while Ike Davis went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI single for the Mets, who won for the first time since defeating Washington, 8-4, on April 9.

Dillon Gee (1-0), taking the spot in the rotation for Chris Young, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with biceps tendinitis, gave up one run on five hits with a pair of walks over 5 2/3 effective innings. The right-hander struck out four. Francisco Rodriguez locked the game down in the ninth despite allowing the leadoff hitter to reach. It was his second save of the season.

Jason Heyward had a solo homer and rookie Freddie Freeman added a run-scoring single to account for the offense for Atlanta, which has split its last six games overall.

Tommy Hanson (1-3) threw five innings, allowing three runs on five hits with a pair of walks and fanned nine, but was tagged with the loss.

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Friday, March 04, 2011

WFAN Audio: Joe B. Talks to Ed Coleman about the Mets

Ed Coleman talks to Joe Benigno about the Oliver Perez situation, K-Rod's attitude and 2nd Base.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Video: K-Rod's Bullpen session

Courtesy of Metsblog

Mets closer K-Rod scratched today from action

Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was scratched from a scheduled appearance against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday after a brief trip to New York.

Rodriguez was in New York to update the court on his anger management sessions after his guilty plea in December for assaulting the grandfather of his children at Citi Field in August.

He was not able to throw for two days while he was away so for precautionary reasons he was held out of Tuesday’s game.

“I haven’t played catch in the last two days,” Rodriguez said about not making the trip with the team. “I didn’t do anything, so I don’t want an accident. I don’t know how my arm would feel.”

Rodriguez, who will have to go to New York twice more during spring training, said he expected to make his spring debut Thursday.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Union will monitor Mets use of K-Rod

Weiner with Big Poppi
According to the Associated Press, Union head Michael Weiner says the players' association is not worried about the lawsuit filed against New York Mets owners and its impact on the club's financial stability.

Trustee Irving H. Picard, trying to recover money for victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, sued the Wilpon family that owns the Mets and related entities in December seeking at least $300 million in fictitious profits. The Mets owners say they are victims and they also have said they will be vindicated..

During a visit to Mets camp Tuesday, Weiner said the only concern for the union is to "make sure contractual obligations to the players are honored."

"We have been assured through the commissioner's office that's the case, so there's no concern there,"
Weiner said. "As far as the broader questions, it's in the interests of everybody associated with baseball that the National League franchise in New York be a strong franchise, and the Wilpons have always attempted to field a competitive team. They've had success doing that during their tenure, and we certainly hope they are in a position to continue to do that.

"But the real key is less what the payroll of the Mets is, (it) is that a team like the New York Mets, the National League entrant from New York, should be in a position to be a strong franchise."

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

K-Rod feels remorse for his actions...

Francisco RodríguezImage via Wikipedia
Here are some quotes from K-Rod's presser today with the media (Source: ESPNNY)

“I’m going to have to be realistic: It’s a very unfortunate situation I put myself in,” said Rodriguez, who had not been in Mets apparel since appearing in an Aug. 14 game, then undergoing surgery to repair a torn right thumb ligament suffered in the incident. “Obviously I regret [it] a thousand percent. But I’ve got to move on. I’ve got to learn from those mistakes. It made me grow up more as a human being. I’m truly sorry for the way I put my teammates, the Mets organization, the fans, in that spot.”

Rodriguez said the thumb feels “great.” He appeared in one Venezuelan winter league game and should not be impeded in spring training.

“I haven’t experienced any discomfort since the surgery,” Rodriguez said. “… I’ll be fine. I’ve been throwing bullpen sessions. Of course, it’s not the same to be out there with the rush, the adrenaline at the field. But I’m fine. I’m healthy. That’s the main thing.”

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mets will be patient , Crop of free agents next year will be better

I know the Mets Fans are going crazy over not having a big winter. Mike Francesa (WFAN) is chanting his words against Sandy Alderson saying that the season is already over for the New York Mets. He and Sandy Alderson will probably have that debate on WFAN this week, which will be interesting.

The Mets will remain to be patient (According to Sandy) and see if they can find deals to fit this ball club. The Mets still have to find relievers, preferably a lefty or two. I know the Mets fans do not want to see Ollie P in a big spot against a lefty.  They will look into the lost and found section of starting pitchers which will include one of the following, Brandon Webb, Chris Young, and Jeff Francis with the real possibility of Young coming here.

The Mets will find short term backup solutions in the outfield this year with Reed Johnson as the leading candidate, Fred Lewis, and Jerry Hairston Jr. in the tow.

The Mets have 4 possible second basemen going into camp. They have Luis "Get Me Out Of Town" Castillo (or GMOOT for short), Daniel "The Comeback Kid" Murphy, Rubin "Should I stay or should I go now" Tejada, and Rule 5 draft pick, Brad Emaus. Who's swing reminds me of Dan Uggla a little bit.

Out of that group, one of them will more likely play everyday. I would love to see a fresh start at that position and not see Castillo there sitting there like a DEAD DUCK. I prefer to see a mix of Murphy (1B/2B/3B/LF) , Tejada (2B/SS), and Emaus (2B/3B) lingering at the bag, with Castillo playing checkers at a nearby park..

The Mets will have many free agent alternatives in 2012 because the crop of 2B will be slightly better. They can get free agent alternatives like Dan Uggla, Richie Weeks lead the way, Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips, Toronto's Aaron Hill and Florida's Omar Infante also are facing option decisions and could be added to this list next winter. Also Kelly Johnson, Jose Lopez, Freddy Sanchez, Mark Ellis - and old standby Orlando Hudson who always remains a possibility for NY.

Aside from the dead-wood deals of Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez, the Mets also will have to either re-sign or replace core players Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Francisco Rodriguez next winter, with the latter owning

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Who Will Make Up the Mets Bullpen?

While the Mets starting rotation will likely contain several question marks, the bullpen appears to be a revolving door at this point. Two vital pieces from 2010 are likely out, with Hisanori Takahashi heading out west and Pedro Feliciano testing the FA market.

Following the non-tender deadline, many serviceable bullpen arms will become available. Some of these candidates may come on the cheaper side and on short term deals, both aspects the Mets would be looking for.

So here are some internal and external candidates likely to make up the Mets 2011 bullpen.

Despite his issues, K-Rod will likely remain this team's closer. He is entering the final year of his contract, so he will look to have a big year and put his past behind him. Though he sometimes makes it interesting in the ninth, he still has a little something left in the tank.

Bobby Parnell is another internal candidate who should factor into the bullpen. He has the stuff to be a closer, and this year he could finally develop the confidence to be a consistent late game stopper. He will compete for the eighth inning role this spring.

With Takahashi and Feliciano likely out (though there appears to be a slim chance the Mets can retain Pedro), they are going to need a lefty specialist to deal with the likes of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jason Heyward.

Pat Misch may see some action as a long reliever/swing man. He had some tough luck late last season and actually pitched quite well. Mike O'Connor, who the Mets just re-sign to a minor league contract, could play the role of lefty specialist. He put up great numbers in Buffalo last year, and a strong spring can solidify his roster spot.
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