It looks like you can add Francisco Rodriguez to the annual list of free agent superstars that the New York Mets have signed following a monster season. According to ESPN the Mets and K-Rod have agreed to a three-year deal worth a reported $37 million plus incentives. Rodriguez re-wrote the record books last season by breaking Bobby Thigpen’s record of 57 saves in a season. Rodriguez successfully closed out 62 games for the Anaheim Angels.
A great many of superstar players have gone to the Mets in search of a shot at a World Series (more often it’s money) over the years. That 4-year deal they gave to Pedro Martinez back in 2004 worked out really well; he made only 25 starts in the last two seasons combined. Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado have both had some decent moments since becoming Mets, and been central figures in their back-to-back late season collapses.
The Mets now have over $22 million dollars invested in closers for next season if you consider that Billy Wagner is out recovering from elbow surgery. That’s a lot, and K-Rod doesn’t exactly have the most elbow-friendly delivery either.
The Mets should be prepared, there will be times over the next three years when they get little in return from their latest investment.