Francisco Rodriguez has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers from the New York Mets. Francisco Rodriguez could possibly become the closer for the Brewers, or maybe he will get used as a really good set-up guy. That answer will probably come from the Brewers later in the week, but it is pretty obvious that the Brewers are really trying to win that National League Central now.
According to ESPN, the Mets are getting cash and two players to be named later in the deal. It almost seems like the Mets were just willing to give K-Rod away at this point, and this could be the first of many moves in order to free up some of the payroll in New York. The Brewers seem to have made a really good deal here, and have not given up much more than cash to make it happen. Getting a lights-out closer like Rodriguez also shows their seriousness about going for a title right now.
This trade wasn't just about getting another All-Star caliber pitcher on the roster, but to show All-Star MVP Prince Fielder that they are serious about contending. Fielder is a free agent at the end of the current season, meaning that he could leave town if he isn't happy with the direction of the team. Big moves like this one will make it much more likely that he sticks around.
What do you think about this trade? Are the Brewers much improved with K-Rod now on the roster? Are they a team to fear in the National League?
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