We knew it was going to happen, but details are now emerging:
Considered by many the top reliever on the free-agent market, Rodriguez saved 62 games for Anaheim last season. The Angels offered just more than $30 million over three years to retain the 26-year-old right-hander . . .
. . . The three-time All-Star will receive $12.3 million in each of the next three seasons, a high-ranking baseball official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been finalized . . . the deal would be worth $37 million over three seasons . . . a suspect bullpen was one of the biggest deficiencies last season for the Mets, who faded in September.
GOTCHA! That text was lifted from this November 2005 article announcing the signing of Billy Wagner, with the specific facts changed to fit K-Rod. Wagner had more money over more years. The term “suspect bullpen” has been inserted to replace “struggling closer Braden Looper.” Not much else has changed.
The lesson: you can sign that bigtime closer, but it ain’t necessarily gonna solve your problems.