Mets Sign K-Rod!
Even the Associated Press is reporting it, so it must be true — the Mets have signed Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez to a three-year, $37M+ contract.
Supposedly, the contract is two years guaranteed, with the third year vested based on appearances. Or something. Who cares? The Mets have their 2009 closer, and can now move on to more pressing matters. Such as, who the heck is going to pitch the first eight innings?
K-Rod may be in NYC tomorrow for a physical, with the official announcement to be made soon thereafter.
Nice, fair deal for both sides.
See more news and opinion over at ‘Ropolitans, to whom I owe a hat tip. Also hat tip to Mark Healey of BaseballDigest and GothamBaseball, who was twittering this from Vegas about 20 minutes before it was announced.
I don’t think they get Street now, though, nor Hoffman. My bet is they sign Chad Cordero and a few other questionable, but cheap guys (Kyle Farnsworth? Izzy? bring back Ayala?). I wish like heck they’d bring ChadBrad back.
I’m going to go on a limb and say that now that K-Rod is all but wrapped up, Omar is going to make a blockbuster and another signing. I smell Ryan Church leaving and Raul Ibanez coming in.
Bottom line tho, Accurate (?) has already calculated K-Rod would have restored 10 games to the Mets last yr….even with Sho and Heilman….that is 99wins…..hmmm.
I don’t know that K-Rod, by himself, is going to make the bullpen a tremendous upgrade over the time that Billy Wagner was healthy. Until he started having arm issues this year, Wags was one of the most proficient and dominating closers in MLB — despite what Mets fans want to think. K-Rod is essentially taking Wags’ place. Now what about innings 6-8? We’ll see.
6th inning: 5 (4-1)
7th inning: 7 (3-4)
8th inning: 7 (2-5)
9th inning: 10 (3-7)
(The numbers in brackets indicate the W-L result after the blown save.) It’s interesting to note that the Mets lost ONLY 7 games due to a lost save in the 9th inning. Considering that the team also accrued a total number 43 saves, and K-rod has a slightly below 90% save percentage, it would not be realistic to conclude that K-rod would have won more than 4 additional games for the Mets last year. Of course, these 4 games would make all the difference.
I may want to write a full post citing those stats …. where did you get them? I know they’re available in a dozen different places, but I’m lazy and want to know which place spells all that out most easily.
Thanks for sharing!