Yankees says Mets have made K-Rod available – “door is wide open” – but are only marginally interested. Prefer to wait on [Rafael Soriano].
Get ready because this kind of talk is not going away until Francisco Rodriguez is no longer on the Mets. That is because he has a clause in his contract that carries with it a $17.5 million option that vests if he finishes 55 games this year. So far he’s finished 32 games and should have no problem reaching the 55 games finished mark if he stays with the Mets. So there is a good chance that he will be dealt.
The catch is that not many teams are going to be able to afford him if they have to pay him next year so the teams that will be the most interested are ones with already established closers, like the Yankees. He is also owed roughly $5.7 million on the $11.5 million he is owed in 2011 which will scare off a lot of other teams. On top of that there is a $3.5 million buyout if his option doesn’t kick in. Basically, K-Rod is owed a ton of money.
So in that respect the Yankees seem like a natural fit. Whether it happens or not is another story. It seems that from a Yankee perspective that they would be mostly interested in a deal if it were a pure salary dump. Or even if the Mets ate some of his salary and took a mid-level prospect. The Mets are not going to be excited to do that. They have achieved more than anybody expected this season and silly Mets fans are now thinking Wild-Card. If they just give their reliever away as part of a salary dump there will be a lot of upset people in Queens.
So while this rumor will not go away, and on some level makes sense, it seems unlikely that an actual deal will go down. Especially if Soriano comes back as expected. Things will get interesting if he has a setback in the next week or two though. So stay tuned…