I have to admit that I was surprised – but not shocked by the announcement that the Mets had traded closer, Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers for two players to be named later and cash considerations.
When Frankie First signed with the Mets after the ’08 season had ended it seemed to be a no-brainer acquisition. Frankie had just come off of one of his best seasons, and the Mets were in dire need of a closer after Billy Wagner suffered a shoulder injury – making him obsolete for most of the ’09 season.
You can’t fault then General Manager for landing Rodriguez. Frankie, along with J.J. Putz was supposed to shutdown the opposition. And shutdown he did. Well that is kind of a misnomer. Frankie’s Mets career kind of parallels Armando Benitez’s in some respects. Both get off to dominating starts, but it seemed like the both had a tendency ( when wearing a Mets uniform at least) to melting down in crucial situations.
So in the wake of this trade there are some questions that I – as well as you have to ask ourselves.
1. Will this trade be on the lines of the deal that sent Billy Wagner to the Red Sox for Chris Carter – Or will the Mets get some decent prospects for Frankie ? ( You know – a salary dump)
2. Who will take over Frankie’s role as closer – Izzy or Parnell ?
3. Does this officially signal that the Mets are sellers ?
4. Is Beltran next to go ?
5. And the most important question – How will this effect the Mets ability to sign upper tier free agents next season?
I applaud Sandy for making this move – it was done quickly and I am sure that the fans ( with their memories of last seasons flare ups, meltdowns and beat downs) will not be so upset to see Frankie – and his 17.5 million dollar vesting option go bye bye.
Your thoughts ?
And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes :
Middle reliever from the ’74 season, Jack Aker is 71 (1940).
Reserve catcher from ’83-’84, Mike Fitzgerald is 51 (1960). Mike was one of the key pieces that helped the Mets pry Gary Carter away from the Montreal Expos.
The New York Mets purchased catcher, Joe Pignatano from the San Francisco Giants on July 13, 1962. After his days as a player had ended, he became the Mets bullpen coach under immortal manager, Gil Hodges. He stayed in that role until the late ’70′s.
The New York Mets signed free agent relief pitcher, Bob McClure on July 13, 1988. McClure had previously been one of the top relievers for the Milwaukee Brewers.
The New York Mets released middle reliever, Juan Padilla on July 13, 2008.
Mo Vaughn was so shocked by the news that Francisco Rodriguez was traded that he ate 4 dishes of arroz con pollo and 3 bottles of Jose Cuervo !!!!!