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Report: Mets shop Francisco Rodriguez to Yankees

Jul 4, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

Francisco Rodriguez AP

Francisco Rodriguez, who threw two scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief when the Mets beat the Yankees in 10 innings Sunday, is being pitched to the Bombers, reports Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record.

Klapisch tweets that the Yankees are only “marginally interested” in Rodriguez and that they’d prefer to wait until Rafael Soriano returns and then see if they still need bullpen help.

Rodriguez said last month that he’d be open to going to a good team “like the Yankees or Rays” and pitching as a setup man, even though that would mean his $17.5 million option for 2012, which vests based on games finished, would fail to kick in.

Rodriguez’s no-trade clause allows him to block trades to 10 teams.  It’s unclear whether the Yankees are on the list, but there’s a good chance they are, if only because they were always among the teams likeliest to want to trade for him.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 4, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    So does this mean that the Mets plan to replace him with Miguel Batista? Realistically, I have little faith in baseball stories spun in The Bergen Record.

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jul 4, 2011 at 6:50 PM

      Or by Bob Klapisch!

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:43 AM

        Hey, I’m origianlly from Bergen County! That’s my rag!

  2. sdelmonte - Jul 4, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    I can’t see it happening. Too much money is already tied up in Soriano. Mariano reportedly doesn’t care much for K-Rod. And there is that Robertson guy doing everything right.

    But if the men who thought Soriano was a good idea are still making deals, Alderson should be calling them and seeing what other silly things they might try.

  3. pisano - Jul 4, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Don’t make book on it. They really didn’t need Soriano so why would they take on this head case? I’ll tell you what they need, that’s a quality lefty in the rotation and a lefty in the pen. Case closed

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:02 AM

      So, what you’re saying is we need a lefty out of the pen that actually gets lefties out instead of coming in and walking them?

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 5, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    I cant think the Yanks would be this stupid to sign this guy, he’s way overpayed with a bad attitude

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