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Scott Boras is talking with Francisco Rodriguez

Jul 8, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

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Scott Boras couldn’t get impending free-agent Jose Reyes in the fold, but he appears to be courting another current Met.

Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal reports that Francisco Rodriguez met with Boras and two associates before and after last night’s loss against the Dodgers.

Rodriguez is currently represented by Paul Kinzer, but there are indications that he is at least weighing his options. According to Costa, K-Rod has asked other Boras clients on the Mets’ roster whether they would recommend him as an agent. And before last night’s game, Rodriguez reportedly showed one teammate a text message from an unidentified agent — not Scott Boras — who was courting also him.

Rodriguez wouldn’t comment on the matter, but Boras acknowledged that he has spoken with the Mets’ closer. However, he downplayed the serious of the talks.

“Players talk to me all the time about a lot of things,” he said. “You’re there to talk to them, because they’ve never met you, they’ve heard about you, so athletes just talk.”

“I’ve talked to 10 or 15 of the Mets when they’re out here, and a lot of them I don’t represent,” Boras said. “I wouldn’t read anything into those things.”

Rodriguez is in the final guaranteed year of a three-year, $37 million contract. His $17.5 million option for 2012 vests if he finishes 55 games this season. There’s a good chance that he’ll serve in a set-up role for a contender if (or more likely, when) the Mets trade him, so it’s safe to say he’s preparing for life as a free agent.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 8, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    That’s just one step lower than Nancy Grace talking with Michael Vick.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jul 8, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Brian, screen your calls. And hide Hal’s cell phone, put it under his box of nicotine patches or something.

    • sdelmonte - Jul 8, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      If Cashman can’t find a way to remind his bosses about who wanted Soriano and who wanted Robertson, he should quit.

      • gammagammahey - Jul 8, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        Isn’t the word around the water cooler that Cash is leaving after this year anyway? If I were him, I’d go for broke this year, try to leave on a title year, and leave the next sap to clean up the various messes (incl. Jeter and A-Rod’s bloated contracts).

      • yankeesfanlen - Jul 8, 2011 at 2:04 PM

        gamma- In a sense, Cash is more a “True Yankee” than certain esteemed tenured players, so I seriously doubt he’s going anywhere.
        Oh, and Leave ARod Alone.

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