Word broke late Tuesday night following the conclusion of the 2011 MLB All-Star game that the Milwaukee Brewers have indeed acquired Mets fire-baller Francisco Rodriguez in what ESPN's very own Tim Kurkjian called "a great deal for both teams".
In the deal, Milwaukee would receive New York's outspoken closer and a substantial amount of cash. The Mets are due to receive two players yet to be named, sources say.
“That’s awesome,” the Milwaukee slugger Prince Fielder said in Phoenix after the game. “That’s a big trade; he can really help us. He’s a great player. It definitely gives us a spark.”
Totaling 23 saves in 26 opportunities for the Mets through the first half of the 2011 regular season, K-Rod will not only bring unquestioned talent, but a considerable amount of experience to a Brewers pitching staff in dire need of direction and leadership.
Word on the street says that Rodriguez could also be looking for a contract extension with Milwaukee at season's end, depending on if all goes well in the Brew City.
Since joining the Mets in 2009, Rodriguez was 9-10 with a 3.05 ERA and 83 saves in 165 games—clearly one of the best resumes among fellow closers in the National League.
But, for Brewers fans at least, this deal of epic proportions comes as anything but a surprise, as GM Doug Melvin has been known for making colossal trade-deadline deals (see CC Sabathia).
Does this put the Brewers over the hump and into the World Series picture?
For that, we'll have to tune in.
Alec Dopp is a Milwaukee Brewers featured columnist on Bleacher Report. Follow him on twitter: @doppler9000.
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