Last night before the game, Sandy Alderson told Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal that even he has been “a little surprised in some instances” at the way manager Terry Collins has used Francisco Rodriguez in non-save situations this season.
Referring to the fact that K-Rod now has 32 games finished and is on pace to finish 61 games – six more than 55, which is Rodriguez’s magic number, Alderson said:
“There’s a heightened sensitivity to it, obviously,” Alderson said. “It would be silly not to admit that. But at the same time, you have to use him consistent with good baseball practice. You’re trying to win games. There’s a certain inevitability about how he is used in the course of the season, which is turning out pretty well for us.”
As Costa points out, no one can blame Collins for the potential implications of how he is using Rodriguez. He didn’t sign K-Rod to the contract. His job is to get the Mets to win now. And he has used his closer accordingly.
Meanwhile, Andy Martino of the Daily News, cites two major league sources familiar with the Mets thinking who say the Mets are shopping relievers Francisco Rodriguez, Jason Isringhausen, and Tim Byrdak.
“They are really trying to move Isringhausen, and also Byrdak and K-Rod (before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline),” one of the sources said. “Those guys have pitched well, and they could help somebody.”
With many contending teams looking for bullpen help, the sources say, Alderson hopes he can parlay his veteran pitchers into decent minor leaguers or at least some salary relief.
Isringhausen and Byrdak are having decent, but not great seasons and neither is under contract for 2012, so I don’t see any team being eager to give up much for either of these guys especially with so many younger and better relievers expected to be available before the trade deadline.
I’m also not really buying the salary dump argument either, as both Byrdak and Izzy are owed less than $400K each for the rest of the season.
If the Mets want salary relief, than it’s Chris Capuano and D.J. Carrasco who would get shopped, not two aging relievers running on fumes.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m totally not buying this latest Andy Martino rumor.