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Report: Yankees rejected Francisco Rodriguez deal

Jul 13, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

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The New York Post’s Joel Sherman hears that the Yankees rejected a Francisco Rodriguez deal similar to the one accepted by the Brewers last night, in part because they didn’t think either K-Rod or Rafael Soriano would be content working the seventh inning.

The Mets sent Rodriguez and $5 million to the Brewers last night for two players to be named.

ESPNNewYork reported earlier this week that the Yankees weren’t on Rodriguez’s no-trade list, so that wouldn’t have been an impediment to a deal.

One wonders if the Yankees may come to regret not making the move.  Rodriguez isn’t quite what he was, but he has a 1.17 ERA in 23 career innings against the Red Sox.  He’s also at 1.48 against the Central-leading Tigers and 2.70 versus the West-leading Rangers.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    No Regrets.

    • uyf1950 - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

    • Alex K - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:41 PM

      Leave K-Rod Alone!

      Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:45 PM

        Very much alone, and in Milwaukee.

  2. sdelmonte - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    The ghost of the Boss would have haunted Cashman for doing anything that would have helped the Mets.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    If Rodriguez signs with another team as a free agent after his option is not picked up and he gets $3.5 million, will the Brewers be entitled to draft picks as compensation?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:42 PM

      If the Brewers offer him arbitration, then, yes, they’d be in position to get draft picks. It might be risky to offer him arbitration, though. If he takes it, he could end up earning $15 million or so next year.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:01 PM

        Thank you.

  4. bobwheel - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    They will not regret this. They need a lefty for the pen. KRod’s career ERA vs the contenders listed was against different lineups from a few years ago. Mo, Robertson and the rest can handle the righty load.

    • SmackSaw - Jul 13, 2011 at 5:19 PM

      If Mo comes back. 41 year-old elbows can be worrisome.

  5. uyf1950 - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    I have a question. It would appear that there are potentially 3 good closers that will be FA at the end of the season. Not in any particular order:
    Heath Bell
    Francisco Rodriguez
    Jonathan Papelbon
    Obviously all 3 are going to make a lot of money, but doesn’t the fact that there are 3 available limit how high potential bidders will go for any one of their services? …and which of the 3 will be the most in demand?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:04 PM

      Plus, there’s Jonathan Broxton, who would have topped everyone’s list a year ago. Now he’s probably going to have to settle for an incentive-laden deal.

      I think K-Rod is pretty clearly No. 3 on that list, and that’s why it’s going to be such a risk offering him arbitratioon: there aren’t going to be too many teams willing to commit three or four years and big dollars to a closer.

      Bell vs. Papelbon will probably be detemined by how Papelbon pitches in the second half. Bell’s safer, but Papelbon has certainly dealt with a lot more pressure than Bell ever has.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM

      Boras will spin things to make Rodriguez look the best.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:19 PM

      I really don’t see who’s going to shell out serious money for Papelbon.

      He had a few great seasons, but any Red Sox fan can tell you that his stats are highly deceptive.

      Almost every outing he’s had over the past couple of seasons have been high-wire acts.

      Doubles, home runs, a walk or two, and THEN he gets the third out just in the nick of time.

      He’s been exposed…his fastball doesn’t have the motion it used to, and he rarely uses any secondary pitches to keep it interesting.

      • baseballisboring - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:00 PM

        His ERA is what’s really deceptive. He has a 51/8 K/BB in 36 innings, pretty damn impressive. And I’ve seen him mix in a lot more splitters and sliders this year. His stuff looks very sharp, which makes me all warm and happy inside. Especially when we’re talking about relief pitchers, sample size can be a bitch.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:37 PM

      Yeah, this is essentially the same situation K-Rod was in the last time he was a free agent when Hoffman, Wood and Fuentes were as well. I think there were some other less-awesome relievers out there that year too, but it certainly dampened the market for a lot of guys.

  6. dodger88 - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Papelbon is younger than both Bell & K-Rod and has the post season experience that Bell lacks. I think all three are a risk but it would not surprise me if he he gets the most money & years.

    • uyf1950 - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      Actually I believe K-Rod is about 14 months younger than Papelbon.

      • dodger88 - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:55 PM

        Crap, I forgot how young he was when he debuted in ’02. My bad.

    • baseballisboring - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      Feels like he should be like 35 by now, doesn’t it?

  7. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Glad the Yankees didn’t pick this guy up , makes way too much money , but having K rod to work in the 7th , soriano ( if he can pitch how he has in the past , which he hasn’t , but has been hurt ) in the 8th ,and rivera in the 9th . That would be nasty .

    • tsi4431 - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:52 PM

      Actually if the Yankees got him, they would only be on the hook for his $3.5 million buyout, since the Mets sent $5 million to pay for the rest of his 2011 season to the Brewers.

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