Way back in the early days of this past December, I suggested that the Chicago White Sox could have interest in Francisco Rodriguez. The reaction was mixed — in terms of how realistic such a trade might be.
Yesterday, Christina Kharl made the exact same suggestion on the ESPN SweetSpot:
The White Sox lost another squeaker Wednesday with their second extra-inning loss to the A’s. It marked their fifth blown save in the bottom of the eighth inning or later, and the fourth blown save on the season for Matt Thornton … After the game, manager Ozzie Guillen was every bit as combustible as his closers, exploding with an announcement of the obvious: “I don’t have any closer.”
Clearly, the ChiSox are desperate for a closer. Kharl goes on to say:
… perhaps the best fit will involve the Sox living up to their season motto — “All In” — and making a deal for a short-time veteran who could use the change of scenery.
So the time is now for Williams to call Sandy Alderson, start talking about Francisco Rodriguez, and see how much money the Sox can get the Mets to eat while making it happen.
It’s a match made in heaven, don’t you think? The White Sox get the closer they desperately need, K-Rod goes to a team with a chance to compete at a level above AAA, and the Mets shed the stress and worry of that $17.5M option vesting.
What do you think? If White Sox GM Ken Williams made the call to YOU, would you trade K-Rod right now?
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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.