Stunner - for the timing anyway. Here's the release from the team:
The New York Mets tonight announced that they have traded RHP pitcher Francisco Rodriguez and cash considerations to the Milwaukee Brewers for two players to be named later.
Rodriguez this season was 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA and 23 saves in 26 appearances. Last year, he was 4-2 with a 2.20 ERA and 25 saves in 53 games; in his first year with the Mets in 2009, he was 3-6 with a 3.71 ERA and 35 saves in 70 games. For the Mets, Rodriguez was 9-10 with a 3.05 ERA with 83 saves in 165 games.
The 29-year-old was signed as a free agent by the Mets on December 10, 2008, after seven seasons with the Angels. Since breaking into the Majors in 2002, Rodriguez has a 32-27 record with a 2.54 ERA and 291 saves in 573 appearances.
We thank Frankie for his contributions to the Mets and wish him well with the Brewers? said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. This trade allows us to develop and more fully utilize other members of our 2011 bullpen and offers some payroll relief as well.
Alderson will address the media via conference call Wednesday at a time to be determined tomorrow.