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Mets aiming to deal K-Rod, two other relievers

Posted on: July 6, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: July 6, 2011 12:18 pm
 
Rodriguez

By Evan Brunell


The Mets may finally be ready to sell. A source told the New York Daily News that GM Sandy Alderson is hoping to move three bullpen arms: Francisco Rodriguez (pictured), Jason Isringhausen and Tim Byrdak.

"Those guys have pitched well, and they could help somebody," the source said.

It's no surprise that K-Rod is on the trade block; he has been available all season as he speeds toward a $17.5 million vesting option provided he finishes 55 games this season. Because of some curious moves by manager Terry Collins, Rodriguez already has 32 games finished, which complicates any deal. While teams will be interested in Rodriguez as a setup man, the concern is Rodriguez needing to step into the closer's role because of injury and then seeing his option vest.

Other teams may find that vesting option attractive, enabling them to keep Rodriguez on a one-year deal while other clubs fight over Heath Bell, Jonathan Papelbon and others in free agency. Still, it will be a tough road to dealing Rodriguez, even though he could bring the biggest return.

Isringhausen and Byrdak, meanwhile, would bring nothing more than salary relief or a middling prospect. That's all Alderson needs to justify these deals, telling fans that the Mets remain serious about contending this year, even if the chances of snagging a postseason spot are slim.

In Izzy's first extended major-league stint since 2008, the 38-year-old has a 3.25 ERA in 27 2/3 innings, whiffing 6.8 batters per nine innings and walking 4.8. He's pitching worse than his ERA indicates, but plenty of other teams need relief help, so the right-hander could draw interest. If the Cardinals whiff on acquiring Heath Bell, they could go after Isringhausen, who was St. Louis' closer from 2002-08.

Byrdak is, frankly, nothing special, but left-handed specialists are always wanted. Byrdak's last four years saw ERA's all under 4.00 while it's at 4.15 this year. But his peripherals indicate that, so far, Byrdak's 2011 is his most successful campaign in a career that stretches back to 1998 despite just 228 1/3 career innings pitched. He seems as if he would be dealt in your standard "player to be named later or cash considerations" move.

If the Mets can clear out these three relievers, it will be in order to free money for future payroll and a possible mammoth contract for shortstop Jose Reyes. Even more money could be cleared if Alderson deals other players like Carlos Beltran, but such a move would send a signal to fans that the season is essentially done.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:21 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:39 am
 

Mets aiming to deal K-Rod, two other relievers

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Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: July 6, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Mets aiming to deal K-Rod, two other relievers

It would be Parnell.



Since: Jul 6, 2011
Posted on: July 6, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Mets aiming to deal K-Rod, two other relievers

so who closes for the Mete when they trade K-rod?

Is it Parnell? Beato? 


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