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!
It’s been one issue after the next for Indians reliever Andrew Miller, and on Saturday, the left-hander landed back on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation. According to comments made by club manager Terry Francona, Miller’s knee has been a problem since the start of the year. The team has yet to determine a concrete timetable for his return to the bullpen.
Miller, 33, hasn’t looked like his usual sub-2.00 ERA, 2.0+ fWAR self this season, though he paired a 4.40 ERA and 6.3 BB/9 with an impressive 14.4 SO/9 across his first 14 1/3 innings. A left hamstring strain and minor back injury hampered his effectiveness on the mound, though this appears to be a more serious issue — especially given the five weeks he spent recovering from a tendon injury in his right knee last year.
In corresponding moves, the Indians designated right-hander Oliver Drake for assignment and recalled Triple-A right-handers Ben Taylor and Evan Marshall. Taylor, 25, was working on a 3.63 ERA, 1.0 BB/9 and 11.4 SO/9 through 17 1/3 innings in Triple-A Columbus, while 28-year-old Marshall turned in a terrific 0.77 ERA, 0.8 BB/9 and 6.9 SO/9 over his first 11 2/3 innings. Neither reliever has pitched more than a handful of innings at the big league level in 2018.