There’s still time to pull off a game changing trade for the Los Angeles Dodgers or New York Mets, both eyeing Francisco Rodriguez of the Milwaukee Brewers to fix their bullpen problems.
Rodriguez made the All-Star for a second straight season in 2015 and sixth overall in his career, posting a 2.06 ERA so far and making 30 saves out of 30 opportunities. He has a very movable deal (a $6 million team option with a $4 million buyout in 2017, making $5.5 million in 2016.) and with the Brewers going nowhere this season, this could be an opportunity to pounce on, with time running out (until August 31).
Rodriguez actually played for the Mets in the past (2009-2011) but his best seasons have been elsewhere, despite that one All-Star appearance. He’s in his 14th season and posting the best WHIP (0.824) while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings and a 5.67 SO/W.
Are the Mets going to bring in Rodriguez? Hard to say, but here’s a good explanation as to why they should. In short, just like the Los Angeles Dodgers, having a great rotation usually doesn’t promise success in the postseason. Solidifying their troublesome bullpen is.
Both teams are leading their divisions in the National League, but could use some boost to help out their relief innings, and Rodriguez is an excellent prospect to help them get that boost.