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K-Rod Trade Was the Right Move

Mike SteffanosWednesday, July 13, 2011
By Mike Steffanos


I was working on another piece for the blog tonifht when I read the news that Frankie Rodriguez was traded to Milwaukee along with cash for "two players to be named".

I was somewhat surprised when I read this. While I knew that K-Rod and his $17.5 million option wouldn't be finishing the season in New York, I figured a deal would happen at or close to the July 31 trade deadline.

The Mets are certainly a notch less competitive going forward with Bobby Parnell and Jason Isringhausen the most likely candidates to take on the closer role.

Parnell has been great in June and July after the rough start, but he's still rough around the edges. Izzy has the pedigree, but it's obvious that he's hanging by a thread physically and has lacked command of his pitches. I'd hate to see his feel-good story ruined by blown saves.

Pedro Beato conceivably could get a look in the ninth inning, too. He's looked good lately like Parnell, but is even rawer as a pitcher. If I had a vote I'd probably like Parnell to get the first shot, but I have to admit I'm not going to be overflowing with confidence when he's trying to nail down a W. K-Rod may have walked the tightrope, but he had a knack for coming through most of the time that I will miss.

No matter who is elevated to the closer role, the bullpen is definitely thinner. Hopefully Taylor Buchholz can make it back at some point. That would definitely help.

It seems unlikely that either of the two players to be named will be anything special. I'd be happy if they got anything of value. The real point was moving K-Rod and his option, and I give Alderson credit for getting it done without drama. It will be interesting to see whether a Beltran deal gets made now or if Alderson waits for the deadline. That would really signal a white flag going up on the season.

On a personal note, apologies for the sporadic posting of late. Things are settling down a little, and I do believe my goal of posting 2-3 times a week in this space this year is realistic.

If you are just finding this blog again and wondering why I was gone for so long and what the plan is going forward, read this.

About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer for the first 15 months of existence. Although I am grateful for the excellent contributions of my fellow writers here, I have no plans of stepping back into strictly an editorial role. I started this thing in the first place because I love to write and I love the Mets, and blogging here keeps me somewhat sane. If you haven't had enough already, more bio info can be found here.


Comments (3)

Mike, it is good to see you back. I really did miss your blog. I hope everything works out for you.

Joe

Glad to hear things are getting better for you Mike. Keep the faith brother it will work out, I will keep you in prayer. As for the Rodriquez move, I agree needed to move him now to get that option out of the way. I am hoping someone can step up and take the closer role, I still think the Mets can be a factor but again if they move Beltran before the deadline it may signal the end of the season. Hopefully Wright can come back and offer a boost.

Joe,

It was nice to hear from you. It made me remember how much fun it was to watch that NLCS game win over the Cardinals. I know I thanked you at the time, but thanks again. Seriously.

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LJ,

Agreed on Beltran. If they could get a good prospect for him they'll probably have to do it, but it will signal the end. Especially now that Ike is shut down again.

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