The off-season makeover of the New York Mets’ bullpen has begun.
Gone are Aaron Heilman (Seattle Mariners), Joe Smith (Clevenland) and Scott Schoeneweis (Arizona Diamondbacks).
Arriving is Francisco Rodriguez, who (of course) set a Major League record last season by earning 62 saves for the Los Angeles Angels. In 2009, he’ll be taking care of the ninth innings for the Mets.
Taking care of the eighth innings will likely be J.J. Putz, whom the Mets picked up from the Mariners in a three-team deal. Putz has been Seattle’s closer over the past two seasons, so he’ll likely serve as K-Rod’s setup man while also providing an insurance policy in case something would happen to Rodriguez.
A major, major upgrade.