Joel Sherman supplies us with some more details regarding the Francisco Rodriguez trade to Milwaukee. He says that the Mets have sent $5 million to the Brewers.
Which makes total sense, of course. It basically gives the Brewers the money to pay K-Rod’s salary for the rest of the year, though they still have to pay his $3.5 million buyout. For the Mets, paying any amount short of around $8.5 million means that they’ve saved money this year (salary plus the buyout), and of course, eliminating even the possibility of Rodriguez’s gigantic option from vesting next year is a plus.
In other news, one of ESPN’s Twitter feeds said this this morning:
Hmm: you have a great closer already, and even if, for some reason, you decide to replace him with a worse one, it’s gonna cost you, like, $14.5 million. Wait! Don’t make me answer yet! I’m still thinking!
Free agent right-hander Chris Tillman is narrowing his pool of potential suitors, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Returning to the Orioles is one option, of course, but Heyman also mentions another two undisclosed teams who are still in the running. An earlier report from Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun suggests that as many as four teams may be in the mix; either way, a final decision is expected by Monday.
Tillman, 29, has spent the entirety of his major league career in Baltimore. After posting career-high numbers in 2016, his progress was derailed during an injury-plagued 2017 campaign, during which he missed nearly six weeks on the disabled list with recurring right shoulder inflammation. He finished the season with a bloated 7.84 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 4.9 SO/9 over 93 innings.
While the mystery teams have yet to reveal themselves, the Blue Jays, Twins and Tigers have all expressed interest in the veteran right-hander this offseason. Both the Blue Jays and Twins have made big moves to bolster their rotations over the last few days, with the additions of Jaime Garcia and Jake Odorizzi, respectively. That doesn’t mean that Tillman is out of reach, however — if his price is right, he could provide some much-needed depth for pitching staffs that finished 15th and 22nd in the league last year.