He had this to say afterward,
“I’m thrilled to join the Mets,” Rodriguez said in a statement, released after he passed his physical. “Mets fans are very passionate, and playing in a new ballpark is going to be great. I’m going to do everything I can to help bring a championship to Citi Field.”
Rodriguez, who will turn 27 next month, is coming off a season in which he set a Major League record with 62 saves. He has produced a 2.35 ERA over six full seasons and one short stint as a rookie, and has struck out significantly more than a batter per inning.
Omar Minaya at his press conference said this,
“Our goal from day one was to improve the bullpen, and I cannot think of a better reliever that we’d be able to sign than Francisco Rodriguez.”
“ The stats speak for themselves on him, not only breaking the record in saves this year, but the consistency that he’s done that, his drive, his youth, so we’re excited to be able to have Francisco Rodriguez, known as K-Rod, to join the New York Mets.”
There’s nothing like a signing like this to stir up my anxiety for the start of Spring Training.