Immediate speculation is this deal would enable the Cubs to free up some of their young pitching to re-start trade talks with San Diego for Jake Peavy.
“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.
We’ve talked about it all along, that the closer means little if he’s on the other end of a rickety bridge. The Mets have solidified their bullpen with the addition of Francisco Rodriguez and JJ Putz. The Putz deal will be announced this afternoon.
Here’s how the 12-player, three-way deal with Seattle and Cleveland shakes out:
Coming to the Mets:
From Seattle – J.J. Putz, Sean Green.
From Cleveland – OF Jeremy Reed
Coming to Seattle –
From Mets – Aaron Heilman, Endy Chavez, Maikel Cleto, Ezequiel Carrera
Jason Vargas, Mike Carp
From Cleveland – Franklin Gutierrez
Coming to Cleveland –
From Mets – Joe Smith
From Seattle – Luis Valbuena
-Willie Randolph turned down the Washington Nationals to be a coach. He must have a good feeling about either the Milwaukee or Seattle jobs. He’ll land somewhere.
-The Phillies are feeling a bit miffed because their complete rosters weren’t introduced. They weren’t because MLB and the network, that would be FOX, couldn’t have the time to squeeze that in. Actually, that’s part of the World Series TV experience I enjoy.
Willie Randolph has surfaced the past couple of days. He says he wants to manage again. And, from what I hear, Tony Bernazard is still in it for the GM job in Seattle.