The Mets sent $5 million to Milwaukee with K-Rod

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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:

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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!

Report: Dodgers, Orioles to complete Manny Machado trade

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The Orioles and Dodgers are expected to finally complete involving SS/3B Manny Machado, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The Orioles will receive five prospects from the Dodgers. We’ll have more details about the other players involved later.

Machado, 26, is in the final year of his contract, so this is currently a rental for the first-place Dodgers. Machado ended the first half batting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs, 65 RBI, 48 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 413 plate appearances. In Los Angeles, he will handle shortstop, allowing Chris Taylor to move over to second base.