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Report: Francisco Rodriguez willing to waive no-trade, vesting option

May 25, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

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A source close to the reliever told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that Francisco Rodriguez is going to be pretty flexible about a deal should the team attempt to move him this summer.

According to the source, Rodriguez will consider any deal presented to him and would discuss getting rid of his vesting option for 2012 in return for a multiyear extension.

It’s K-Rod’s vesting option that has had the Mets jumpy for over a year now.   Rodriguez will earn $17.5 million next season if he finishes 55 games this year.  Even if he doesn’t, he gets a $3.5 million buyout.

Rodriguez has finished 18 of the Mets’ 47 games so far, putting him on pace for 62 games finished over the course of the season.

K-Rod’s deal allows him to block trades to 10 teams.  There’s nothing in Martino’s article that says he’s looking to get out of New York as soon as possible, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he welcomes a move in July.

It will be interesting to see if there’s a market for him.  If the Mets are willing to eat the $3.5 million, perhaps some team would take him on for the rest of this year and pay him $14 million in 2012.  It’s more than he’d command on the open market, but Rodriguez is still doing a terrific job in the closer’s role (he’s 15-for-16 saving games this year) and he shouldn’t cost much at all in terms of talent.

  1. rapmusicmademedoit - May 25, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    he is smart, he wants to get away from the Mets before he hurts himself, he wants to be traded so bad he will give up money, that is how bad it’s getting in Queens.
    oh boy!

    • patsandsox - May 25, 2011 at 7:15 PM

      Thats a sad statement on the Mets orginization I think. The last GM (with ownership) really messed things up. A team in a big market with a new stadium should be able to field a winning team year after year. I think its time for a new owner. I mean look what getting a good owner has done for the Red Sox.

      I feel badly for the mets fan base.

  2. Old Gator - May 25, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Tampa Bay might work for him. Lots of retirees, many of whom have daughters – he can pick one out to beat up any given evening.

  3. baseballstars - May 25, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Fantasy baseball owners need to pawn him off like he beat their fathers.

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