Late last night, the Mets created payroll flexibility while relieving the team of a major headache.
Soon after the completion of the All Star Game, which the National League won 5-1, the Mets sent closer Francisco Rodriguez and cash to the Milwaukee Brewers for two players to be named later.
Rodriguez, who has a $17.5 million vesting option for next season, which kicks in if he finishes 55 games, is 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA and 23 saves. He has finished 34 games thus far, making it a near certainty that he would have been back in Queens next season if he wasn’t traded.
In dealing Rodriguez, the Mets have gotten rid of a player who caused numerous issues off the field, while being overpaid for his performance on it.
This was the first significant trade of the Sandy Alderson era, and with soon-to-be free agents Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran also reportedly on the trading block, it may be the first in a series to come.