Stop the presses, hold the phone and take a seat. Hell it’s noon somewhere, so crack a beer while you’re at it. Ken Davidoff from the NY Post is reporting that Francisco Rodriguez AKA “KROD” is on the Mets front office list of potential trade targets.
After the heat flashes and heart palpitations passed and I gave it about 5 minutes of thought and felt that it might not be a bad idea. What will he cost compared to the other options? While we don’t know who is officially available, guys like Huston Street, and Brett Myers are regulars on the rumor mill. So let’s take a look at them.
Seems he is injured every other year. He is more of a location pitcher with an average fastball velocity of around 90-93 MPH while also utilizing a slider and curve. His performance with the Padres this season has been very strong. He did miss the entire month of May due to a strained shoulder, but has bounced back nicely. In 22 games pitched (21 Innings) he has a 1-0 record, 12 saves, 1.29 ERA, .667 WHIP with a 4.67 K/BB ratio. He is currently earning 7.5 million this season with a 2013 mutual option of 9 million or 500 k buyout.
“The Boston Brawler” has been mostly a successful starter but is currently closing with decent results in Houston. The only other year Myers was a closer was in 2007 with Philadelphia. Myers is also a location style pitcher with a fastball that tops 87 MPH while also utilizing a curve and slider. In 30 games pitched (26.2 Innings) he has a 0-3 record, 17 saves, 3.71 ERA, 1.313 WHIP with a 3.8 K/BB ratio. He is currently earning 11 million this season with a 10 million vesting option (if he finishes 45 games and doesn’t end the season on the disabled list next year) or a 3 million buyout.
“The Citi Field Brawler” has been a very successful closer that has entered the downturn of his career. He was known for a strong fastball and knee breaking curve, but as he has gotten older the velocity has gone down. KROD was the Mets primary closer from 2009 until mid-season 2011 when he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers to get out of a possible 17.5 million option based on games completed. Since being acquired by the Brewers he has served as the team’s setup man behind closer John Axford. In 39 games pitched (36 Innings) he has a 1-4 record, 1 save, 4.00 ERA, 1.472 WHIP with a 2.13 K/BB ratio. He is currently earning 8 million dollars and will be a free agent in 2013.
Choices, choices, choices. Out of these 3, there are very clear and different directions. For results, Street is the best choice, his contract is very reasonable for his age and ability but he will cost the team personal. This is not a trade that San Diego makes to clear payroll; they do it to acquire talent and most likely the younger kind. Also, keep in mind with Omar Minaya in the fold he is very aware of our talent pool. Myers is the middle of the road candidate. Great talent but not as good as Street’s, and is the most expensive option. So that option could offset some of the talent that may be needed to acquire him but it may also mean he is with the club next year for 11 million (or 3m buyout). He is about 20 games completed away from the option vesting. The KROD trade will be what the acquiring team makes of it. The Brewers aren’t in a dire need to clear payroll but I would imagine the more money taken means less talent that is needed to acquire. Also since he is on the tail end of his career, the talent needed should not be anything impactful.
So if Sandy is to make a move, which direction should it be in? It probably depends on how good you think the team is. Personally I would rather take my chances on Myers. The personal altercation was back in 2006, and he has been a good soldier ever since. He has great talent and would be a good anchor for the bullpen. Street seems too expensive for my blood. I feel he is a “put all your chips on the table” move and the team is just not there yet. KROD is a very inexpensive option but I don’t feel he will really change the dynamic of the bullpen. He puts a lot or runners on and can be very erratic. The pen needs stability and I just see him as a different warm body with the same results. Give us your thoughts!
Ken Davidoff’s article: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/mets/idea_nlEkDeVdAFE3Jhi1rhGzgO