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K-Rod may reject trades to teams that want him as a setup guy

Jul 11, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

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We learned over the weekend that Francisco Rodriguez had hired Scott Boras. The first thought: he knows he’s gonna get traded someplace to be a setup man or that the Mets will not use him to close games, thereby meaning that his 2012 option will vest and, as such, he wants the best agent possible for free agency.

Or maybe it’s more about wanting to have a tough agent before that happens. One who will do everything he can to make sure that option vests. Here’s Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal earlier this afternoon:

Boras confirms K-Rod has hired him. Strongly indicated he will not accept deal to team on no-trade list if it means being setup man.

That doesn’t mean he’s totally untradeable — his no-trade list is reportedly only ten teams long — but that does make it harder. And the harder it is to trade him, the more likely it is that he’s going to stick with the Mets all year. And then they’ll have to figure out how many games he finishes. If he gets to 55, that’s $17.5 million more bucks they’re gonna owe him.

  1. b7p19 - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    OK, so you tell him he will be finishing a max of 54 games for the Mets this season, so his only chance is to get traded to a team that may have some motivation to use him at the end of games.

    • kopy - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      If the Mets prevent Francisco Rodriguez from reaching 55 games by not using him in save situations, the Players’ Union will surely sue them. The Mets are just watching helplessly/anxiously at this point, and probably hoping he needs a 15-day DL stint.

      • jimbo1949 - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:08 PM

        Another self-induced muttastrophy.

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