The Mets announced late Tuesday night that they have traded Francisco Rodriguez and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Milwaukee Brewers for two players to be named later. This is the best news Mets fans have received since they won Tom Seaver in that raffle.
Yes, the Mets are now left without an experienced closer, but they also don’t have to deal with that $17.5 million option for next season that would have destroyed their budget.
“We thank Frankie for his contributions to the Mets and wish him well with the Brewers,” Sandy Alderson said. “This trade allows us to develop and more fully utilize other members of our 2011 bullpen and offers some payroll relief as well.”
Bobby Parnell is likely to get the first shot at being the closer. If he falters, Pedro Beato or Jason Isringhausen, who could possibly be traded as well if the Mets fall out of contention over the next couple of weeks, would be next in line.