Buzz: Mets to Pursue Francisco Rodriguez

According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN 1050, citing an executive with knowledge of the team’s thinking, the Mets plan to pursue free-agent RHP Francisco Rodriguez, but are ‘unlikely’ to bid on CC Sabathia.

this could not have timed out any better for this kid…not only is he the best free-agent closer on the market, and one of the best pitchers in the game, but, at the same time, one of the wealthiest teams in the league, the Mets, who need to overhaul their bullpen, just happen to also need a closerso, if these two are not at least linked in rumors this off-season, something is very, very wrong with the Hot Stove…

Last week at SI.com, Jon Heyman wrote that the Mets are ‘hesitant,’ with regards to giving Rodriguez a five-year deal.

Heyman also writes, “The Angels don’t seem as gung-ho to retain Rodriguez as one might think,” a notion that also written by the team’s beat reporter, Mark Whicker, in the OC Register.

…as i wrote last week, this is a bit of a red flag to me, since the Angels have the money to bring him back…and so, when a team with money turns its back on one of its own a player, a player they know better than any other team in the league, it raises my eyebrowsor, they’re just playing coy with the market

Nevertheless, according to a recent report in the New York Post, the Angels continue to be Rodriguez’s first choice.