After Tuesday’s All-Star game, Milwaukee Brewers fans should be ecstatic with hometown hero Prince Fielder winning not only the MVP trophy but also home field advantage in the World Series for the National League.
Oh yeah, and the Brewers acquired the single-season saves record holder from the New York Mets in closer Francisco Rodriguez for essentially nothing (two players to be named later).
While Brewers fans have reason to be fired up, New York Mets fans have to realize 2011 is likely over. Despite a rash of injuries, the Mets, under new skipper Terry Collins, have played two months of great baseball, and are above .500 pushing for a Wild Card.
To start the season, most Met names seemed to be available from a team that was not supposed to compete. Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, David Wright and K-Rod have all been linked to potential trades. But with the team competing, and Reyes and Beltran both having great seasons in Queens, the trade talks had quieted of late.
Moving the star closer – who has had “off the field” issues with in-laws – signals that the Mets are officially giving up on the 2011 season. If the Mets were to have any chance to compete, they would most assuredly need K-ROD manning the back end. He has locked down 23 of his 26 save chances this season in 42 appearances with a 3.16 ERA.
With a $17.5 million vesting option kicking in when the stud closer finished 55 games, the move was clearly about saving money for a franchise that is dealing with major financial issues.
The move solidifies the questionable bullpen in Milwaukee, who is currently in first place and needs to win this season. The Brewers are now the team to beat in the Central.
Mets fans should be excited about a team playing good baseball and David Wright returning the line-up in just under ten days. Maybe the move to save money was the right one, but it also might have cost the Mets a chance at the playoffs.