RODRIGUEZ: Expects big numbers this summer.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel stood at the podium and in a classic photo opportunity helped his closer, Francisco Rodriguez, put on his new jersey.
“Seventy-five,’’ Manuel said as he looked at the number. “That’s the number of saves he’s going to have.’’
Rodriguez, introduced this afternoon at the Citi Bank Building in Long Island City, understands the math.
“I’m aware of what is expected,’’ said Rodriguez, who expects the same after his record 62 saves last season for the Angels earned him a three-year, $37 million contract with the Mets.
“Every year I come to spring training with the goal to have better numbers than I had the year before.’’
Why the Mets?
Besides money, Rodriguez said his decision “was easy … they are one team that is hungry to win.’’
General manager Omar Minaya said the acquisitions of Rodriguez, and J.J. Putz from Seattle, who’ll be introduced tomorrow at Citi Field, have solved the Mets’ bullpen problem, which was defined by 29 blown saves last season.
“One thing we lacked last year was being able to close out a game, but we went out and got the best closer in the game,’’ Minaya said of Rodriguez.