Mets trade closer Rodriguez to Brewers
The Mets sent Rodriguez and cash to Milwaukee for two players to be named. The trade was announced right after the All-Star game ended.
Milwaukee is tied with St. Louis for the NL Central lead, and John Axford has done well as its closer.
The 29-year-old Rodriguez is 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA and 23 saves this season. He is a four-time All-Star and set the single-season saves record with 62 in 2008 with the Angels.
Rodriguez has a contract clause that guarantees him $17.5 million in 2012 if he finishes 55 games this year. K-Rod is currently on a pace to finish more than 60, though he may not get ample chances to do that with the Brewers.
“Francisco has been one of the best relievers in the game for many years,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said in a statement. “He is a high-quality arm who will be a tremendous asset to our bullpen as we prepare for the final months of the regular season and playoffs.”
New York is 46-45 in the NL East and 11 games behind Philadelphia. This was the first major trade for general manager Sandy Alderson since taking over the Mets in the offseason and there could be more after the break, with high-priced All-Stars Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes heading toward free agency following the season.
Rodriguez is in his 10th major league season. He is 32-27 with 291 saves and a 2.54 ERA with the Angels and Mets.