The Mets and Brewers announced today that they have completed a trade for closer Francisco Rodriguez and cash for 2 players to be named later. K-Rod will be the new Brewers set-up man.The Mets will get to pick 2 players from a pool of guys to complete the trade.
This is one contract that the Mets needed to get rid of. We could not allow ourselves to pay K-Rod 17.5MM in 2012 because he finished 55 games this season. I have a feeling that Sandy is going to pick 2 great young guys to finish the trade. As for the closers role, Izzy, I believe will not get it. He is too old and can not take the innings. I believe it is in-between Parnell and Beato. I would like to see Beato, however I believe Parnell will be the new closer of the Mets. The white flag has not yet been waved by Alderson. Best of luck to K-Rod in Milwaulkee. Lets Go Mets!
Scott Hairston is a Met, for now. However, they might have just given him his farewell with the callup of Nick Evans. Hairston has been absolutely awful this year after a sensational spring. He is below .200 with 1 homer and is not mashing homers like usual. When Ike comes back, Tejada will probably be sent back down to the minors, however when Wright returns Hairston could be a goner. There is no way you could convince me that Sandy would call up Evans with the intention of sending him back down. He is out of options and can play the outfield and first base. Can you tell me another outfielder who hits from the right side? Hairston. It’s simple. He will either be a free agent or playing with Hu in AAA. Sandy would not risk Evans getting picked up on waivers especially with the rival Phillies looking for an outfield bat. Jason Pridie will stay because of his speed and he has hit. Besides, Pagan is almost back anyways.
Chin-Lung Hu has been awful so far this year. He has one hit in 16 or so at bats which is an .051 batting average. However, an argument could be made that he is up for his defense too. But, he made an error today. It makes no sense. I don’t like him up in the big leagues. How about somebody better than Hu. The only thing going for him still is the jokes about his name.