K-Rod Sent To Brewers; Trading Season On For Sandy Alderson, Mets

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork / AP) — The Mets made their first move in what could be a busy month for general manager Sandy Alderson, trading their big-time closer to Milwaukee.

The Mets sent former All-Star reliever Francisco Rodriguez packing to the Brewers on Tuesday night for two players to be named later. The trade was announced only a half-hour after the All-Star game.

The Brewers also received $5 million from the Mets as part of the exchange, according to multiple reports.

New York is 46-45 in the NL East and 11 games behind Philadelphia and 7½ behind Atlanta in the wild-card race. This was the first major trade for Alderson since taking over the Mets in the offseason.

“We thank Frankie for his contributions to the Mets and wish him well with the Brewers,” Alderson said. “This trade allows us to develop and more fully utilize other members of our 2011 bullpen and offers some payroll relief as well.”

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Rodriguez is in his 10th major league season. He is 32-27 with 291 saves and a 2.54 ERA with the Angels and Mets, who signed him as a free agent after his record-setting year.

Bobby Parnell will likely serve as closer for manager Terry Collins.

“He can do it, and he knows it,” Rodriguez said last week. “He definitely has the tools.”

Now the question is: who’s next to go for the Mets? Will Carlos Beltran be shipped out before the July 31 deadline, or — gasp — Jose Reyes?

A Reyes trade isn’t likely, but has been much-feared among fans. The prevailing thought is Alderson will try to clear enough payroll for the cash-strapped Mets to make a run at re-signing their All-Star shortstop.

Rodriguez has a contract clause that guarantees him $17.5 million in 2012 if he finishes 55 games this year. The right-hander has currently finished 34 and is on pace to achieve the mark, but the Mets won’t have to worry about the albatross clause.

“Francisco has been one of the best relievers in the game for many years,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said in a statement. “He is a high-quality arm who will be a tremendous asset to our bullpen as we prepare for the final months of the regular season and playoffs.”

The 29-year-old Rodriguez is 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA and 23 saves, a year after a fracas with a family member at Citi Field led to his arrest, an injury and the early end of his season. He is a four-time All-Star and set the single-season saves record with 62 in 2008 with the Angels.

The Brewers traded for top starters Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum in the offseason. They’ve made the playoffs just once since winning the American League pennant in 1982, and are faced with the prospect of watching star slugger Prince Fielder leave via free agency after the season.

Fielder was the MVP of the All-Star game, hitting a three-run homer in the National League’s 5-1 victory.

“That is a really big trade. He can really help us, he is a great player. It definitely gives us a spark. We are in first place now and getting him gives us a little more help,” Fielder said.

“He is going to bring the success he has had in his career, his confidence. He is going to keep doing what he is doing. You can’t go wrong when you get that kind of talent. You can never have too many guys. No discredit to (John) Axford at all, but to get him, too, is great,” he said.

Milwaukee is tied with St. Louis for the NL Central lead, and Axford has done well as its closer. The Brewers, however, have had trouble finding steady setup men.

“As a player, you appreciate it because you are going out there every day. When management does a move like … they are trying their best to help as much as they can,” Fielder said.

“If we got a shot we know (Melvin) is going to do something to get that extra push. If we play hard and we have a shot, he is going to do everything he can,” he said. “It is a great night.”

Is this just the beginning for Alderson? Comment away below…

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  • Scott

    Did anybody really want the Mets to keep K-Rod and hav ehim on the team next year at 17.5 million. They might be trading more players away, but this trade doesn’t make that a certainty. I see them trading Beltran and that;s it.

    • lydia

      I am personally glad the mets traded krod. He’s a jerk and a salary drain and I would much rather see Reyes remain.
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    • Shane

      Scott, Alderson is a smart guy, he knows what he is doing, but he also will not have players making a ton of money who take most of the payroll,with Wright, Bay, Santana already taking a good part of next year’s payroll salaries.

      Pelfrey, Pagan & a few others probably will be ready for arbitration after this season, which means their salaries will be going up adding more to the payroll, expect changes to happen with those players like Reyes & Beltran not being part of next year’s team.

      Reyes alone will be asking for the world. Again, that’s not how Alderson runs a ball club; he will find replacements & get rid of the high payroll players.

  • dabooch

    Alderson is going to stock the cupboard with generic brands. He’s hoping you won’t notice as dig into his bran of nonsense. Soon we’ll all be heading for the head as the Mets go down the shhr.

  • CraftyLefty

    “The Brewers also received $5 million from the Mets as part of the exchange, according to multiple reports.”

    Earlier they tried giving all the credit to Heyman, when Heyman himself Tweeted that he didn’t get the info first. When I pointed that out, they deleted my comment, but corrected the article to the quote above.
    Well done, you bastions of fine journalism.

  • Pat

    This is not a championship caliber team. Alderson’s job is to build one! They need to put together a team that can get in the playoffs more then twice in 12 years! I want a consistent winner not a one shot at maybe making the playoffs. Get to work Sandy.

    • Ron Davis

      that is true we are not but if the Wilpons did not have issues $$$$$ would this trade of happened now? i only get upset the Mets owners are getting rid players because they made mistakes with trusting Madoff.

  • Wild Thing

    So the fire sell started, one down & two to go (Reyes & Beltran). For those Mets fans who continue to think that the Mets will not be reducing their payroll dramatically & will be resigning Reyes, guess again, this is just the beginning.

    This is what Alderson does best. He removes the team’s high price players from the payroll by adding no names to the roster in hopes of winning with them before these no names make a name for themselves & then trade them once they do. They call this a 5 year plan.

    So Mets fans, today starts that 5 year plan where you will see the Mets lose or trade their best players to restart from scratch.

    They will finish in the bottom for a few years & right when they start rising he will traded those players who are then ready for arbitration or free agency & restart the 5 years plan all over again.

    Welcome to the new Mets, Alderson’s World.

    • scorp980

      No thats what the Marlins and Tampa do! that will not be aceptible in New York, the fans will destroy the Mets

      • James

        Look a little closer, it’s already happening. Since when do fans have a say so on what teams do? OK, so you don’t show up to games, but for how long?

        Mets fans see a little glimmer of hope & they’re flocking to the stadium thinking they have the second coming of the ’86 Mets & then get their little hearts broken by July. It happens every year.

        The Mets do not have money, they have to reduce their payroll, and they owe a ton of money, so for a NY team, they’re worst off then the Marlins, Rays & Dodgers.

        Don’t fall asleep because you may miss on what will happen next with the Mets and it’s not good.

  • betty

    My choice is to dump the Wilpons.

  • Larry

    Adios K-Rod. You were a decent closer. Better than Benitez, that’s for sure. You were the cardiac kid like Franco, but he was a nicer guy. I definately liked you better than Wagner. You had your issues, but more often than not, you got the job done. Good luck and thanks.

  • Diane

    I am personally glad the mets traded krod. He’s a jerk and a salary drain and I would much rather see Reyes remain.

  • Tommy

    The salary dump is on !!!! Lets go Mets !!!! P.S. Hey Fred, time to sell, sell, sell !!!!

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