It made sense that the Mets, seeking to improve the shaky bullpen that caused yet another late-season collapse, would sign Francisco Rodriguez — who broke the single-season saves record last season in Anaheim.
Of course, to get to K-Rod in the ninth, the Mets needed to fill in the 8th inning gap as well. So they traded Endy Chavez and Aaron Heilman for J.J. Putz and Jeremy Reed (actually the deal was 12 players among three teams, but that’s the gist of it). Apparently, Putz is pronounced “puts,” but I’m going to keep on saying it “Pyootezz.”
It’s a good trade for the Mets, who needed much more than one strong option to fix that bullpen. But as a Mets fan, it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to Endy Chavez — if only because he made the single greatest defensive play I have ever seen in game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. Goodnight, sweet prince.
Also nice to see the Mets eyeballing Alex Cora. That guy seems to bring good luck with him.
Black Flowers — Yo La Tengo
That’s What My Heart Needs — Otis Redding
This Lullaby — Queens of the Stone Age
Pearls on a String — Ryan Adams
The Sporting Life — The Decemberists
White Riot — The Clash
Jumble, Jumble — The White Stripes
Carousel — Iron & Wine
The Proposition — Lou Reed
Chelsy’s Little Wrists — Pavement
Oviedo — Blind Pilot
The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.