Major League Baseball's best closer has come to terms with the New York Mets this afternoon at the winter meetings in Las Vegas.
Mets GM Omar Minaya wasted no time on Sunday night when the meetings first started, sitting down for dinner with the single-season save record-holder, Francisco Rodriguez.
Today, it was announced that pending a physical, the Mets get the world-class closer for three years at a cost of $37 million. That's ust over twelve million a year—which is considerably lower than the fifteen million everyone originally thought it was going to cost to get Rodriguez.
This now means the Mets enter 2009 and Citi Field with a remarkably huge addition to a terrible bullpen. Hopefully this is the first of several moves to sure up Met pitching.
K-Rod to the Big Apple was an exciting thought, and now it is a happy reality. The closer has such an enthusiastic attitude that he fits in New York well. The blue-collar Met faithful will love Rodriguez's intensity every night on the mound. He seems like one of the few players that actually wants to win more than the fans do.
Welcome to Queens, K-Rod—the biggest move of the winter meetings, and will be one of the most important of the offseason.