So the Mets and closer Francisco Rodriguez have settled the grievance the team filed after Rodriguez's arrest.
The net result?
The Mets saved $3.1M by not paying him for the portion of the 2010 season he missed.
What can $3.1M buy you these days, you ask?
Well, based off the 2010 free agent class, there are bargains to be found, such as those from this season:
Rangers SP Colby Lewis
2010 salary: $1.75M
2010 Fangraphs WAR: 4.4
By comparison: Johan Santana 2010 WAR: 3.5
Diamondbacks 2B Kelly Johnson
2010 salary: $2.35M
2010 WAR: 6.0
By comparison: Luis Castillo WAR: 0.6
Giants 1B/OF Aubrey Huff
2010 salary: $3M
2010 WAR: 5.7
By comparison: Jason Bay/Jeff Francoeur WAR: 1.4/0.1
Rays RP Joaquin Benoit
2010 salary: $0.75M
2010 WAR: 1.6
By comparison: Francisco Rodriguez WAR: 1.4
Of course, to get bargains like that, you need a smart general manager who can find them. That process continues with Sandy Alderson's second interview today.