Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Brewers Acquire K-Rod from the Mets

The Brewers made the first big trade going towards the trade deadline, acquiring Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez for cash, and two prospects to be named later.

Rodriguez, the single season saves leader in MLB history fortifies a bullpen that features John Axford, Kameron Loe, and Takashi Saito. It has not been determined what role Rodriguez will facilitate for the Brew-Crew.

Rodriguez has a 3.14 ERA, with 23 saves. His strikeout rate is 9.7, which is tied for a career-low. He also has an unsightly WHIP of 1.40.

Kevin Says: I really do not like the deal for the Brewers. I really thought that Milwaukee needed an upgrade out of the bullpen, but I do not feel like K-Rod is the answer. He is a man who has had some serious character issues recently, and has not been entirely dominant this year.

The bigger issue is Frankie's deal. Presumably, he was brought in to setup for John Axford, although if he does step into the closer role, and finishes 55 games, his contract for 2012 vests at a bloated sum of $17.5 million. I can't imagine the Brewers gave up top-tier prospects, and they did receive cash in the deal. Overall, I am not a fan of the deal for the Brewers.

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