Wouldn’t It Be Amazin’ If We Signed K-Rod and Hoffman?
Of course the only big news of the day, is the breaking story that the Mets are on the verge of signing free agent closer, Francisco Rodriguez.
Wow… I love the sound of that… Try saying it out loud a few times, and you’ll see what I mean…
Now, let’s take it one step further.
Imagine this if you will…
A totally revamped Mets bullpen that will feature the all time single season record holder for saves in Francisco Rodriguez…
And, the all time career saves leader in Trevor Hoffman…
What a story that would be, and don’t think for one second that it can’t happen.
The Mets made it a top priority to meet with Trevor Hoffman on Monday, and the word was that it was a great meeting. I got a hunch, that Omar and his posse, spoke more to Hoffman about the possibility of being a setup man, rather than coming on board as a closer.
I don’t believe for one second, that the Mets were ever considering Hoffman as one of their top closer candidates. It was plainly clear that K-Rod was the top priority, with Brian Fuentes and then Kerry Wood as the fall-back options.
I just couldn’t fathom a scenario where after last season’s second collapse, that the Mets would bring on a 41 year old closer to fill such a vital role. I think Omar has learned his lesson with relying on aging veterans in a key role, especially after what happened to Moises Alou, Pedro Martinez, Damion Easley, Orlando Hernandez, and of course Billy Wagner.
The only other reason that the Mets had for meeting with Trevor Hoffman, is that they envision him as the key setup man for their newly signed closer, Francisco Rodriguez.
Talk about bridging the gap from the starter to the closer!
It’s the top of the eight inning, with the Mets up 3-2 and Jimmy Rollins just led off the inning with a single. Jerry Manuel slowly walks toward the mound, motions to the bullpen, and as the haunting sound of “Hell’s Bells” fills the stadium, a raucous crowd erupts as Trevor Hoffman makes his way to the mound at Citi Field.
Can you picture the scene?
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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