According to Newsday, Mets general manager Omar Minaya and his staff dined with closer Francisco Rodriguez for over four hours Sunday night at a Las Vegas steakhouse.
According to Newsday, Minaya and his staff are also scheduled to meet with closers Brian Fuentes and Trevor Hoffman over the coming days, but the suggestion is that an offer to Rodriguez is near. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon flew into Vegas with his staff, which signals that the two sides may be in the final stages of a negotiation, according to Metsblog. The Mets are trying to bolster a bullpen that fell apart down the stretch and will be without closer Billy Wagner for most if not all of the 2009 season. K-Rod, 26, set the single-season record with 62 saves for the Angels in 2008.