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Rosenthal: The Rays made a play for K-Rod

Jul 16, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

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The Rays aren’t ready to go into sell-mode yet.

According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Rays made a play for Francisco Rodriguez before the the Brewers “swooped in late.”

Rosenthal expounded on the subject in today’s “Full Count” video, citing K-Rod’s past connection with Rays manager Joe Maddon as a potential reason for their interest.

Of course, Kyle Farnsworth has been a revelation out of the closer’s role for the Rays this season, posting a 1.95 ERA, 18 saves in 20 chances and a 26/5 K/BB ratio over 37 innings. While it’s an interesting “what if” scenario, you’d have to think Scott Boras would have worked out a similar deal to waive K-Rod’s vesting option for 2012. It’s pretty clear he wanted him to be a free agent all along.

  1. quintjs - Jul 16, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    to be fair to Boras – no team was going to let that option vest so K-Rod was always going to be a free agent. Buy waiving the option, Boras got his client some extra compensation and after the issues of last year makes his client look reasonable which may help his value in the offseason.

  2. FC - Jul 17, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Of course it doesn’t hurt that if said option vested, the commission was going to his competitor and not Boras. So for Boras it’s win-win-win all around and especially win for him.

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