With closer Frank Francisco on the 15-day DL the New York Mets are strapped in the bullpen. Skipper Terry Collins said that Bobby Parnell would be the closer in Francisco’s absence. However, Parnell has proven in the past that he doesn’t have a closer’s make up. At times his fastball can reach triple digits but has a habit for staying straight, and he hasn’t really felt comfortbable throwing his curveball in crucial situations.
After going 11-11 in what was the toughest stretch the team has faced this season. The Mets have created an identity for themselves; Great starting pitching, clutch hitting, and of course the shaky bullpen. If the Mets see themselves as contenders this year, it is a high priority that they pursue help in the late innings. That could mean giving Doug Melvin and the Milwaukee Brewers a call for a possible reunion with reliever Francisco Rodriguez.
The Brewers are 33-39 and sit in fourth place in the NL Central and are receiving interest for starting pitcher Zack Greinke, the Brewers could see themselves as sellers this upcoming trade deadline as opposed to buyers. With the extra wild card spot wide open among both leagues, The Mets who sit 3.5 games behind the Nationals, seem to be relevant as the dog days of summer progress. With Francisco’s injury status uncertain, and if Parnell shows an inability to close then a reunion with K-Rod wouldn’t seem so preposterous.
Rodriguez, 30, is serving a one year/eight million dollar contract with the Brew Crew. After suffering a slow start, Rodriguez has picked it up in the month of June. In ten full innings pitched, K-Rod has only given up three runs giving him an ERA of 2.70, and hasn’t walked a batter yet.
Should the Mets pursue Rodriguez on July 24th, 4 million dollars would still remain on his deal, if the Mets could find a way to have Milwaukee to eat some of the cash and not give up much in return the deal would be a steal.
Too bad Milwaukee will not see it that way, the Brewers may command some prospects or even a player from the active roster. The Brewers may request either Jordany Valdespin or Daniel Murphy. Both left-handed hitting infielders, Valdespin could offer some pop and speed, while Murphy could offer a healthy batting average and solid defense.
Both of whom the Mets see very highly might have to be shipped to Wisconsin if the Mets see themselves as contenders and their bullpen be their achillies heel. Rodriguez has done it before in New York and could be the missing piece to the Mets seeing themselves in serious October baseball.