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Francisco Rodriguez deal a win for Mets

Tuesday night's preordained trade should ignite hope for a brighter future

Updated: July 14, 2011, 10:14 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

If the New York Mets did not fire Willie Randolph all over again late Tuesday night, they did remind everyone why Randolph's executioner, Omar Minaya, ultimately met the same fate.

The moment Minaya agreed to pay Francisco Rodriguez $17.5 million for 2012 on the condition that Rodriguez finish at least 55 games in 2011 was the moment K-Rod was assured of finishing his contract and career on someone else's dime.

So Sandy Alderson did the right thing, the only sensible thing, when he ...

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