Trade Rumors: K-Rod Available But Yankees Only Marginally Interested

francisco-rodriguezVia Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record:

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…

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4 Responses to Trade Rumors: K-Rod Available But Yankees Only Marginally Interested

  1. David K. says:

    Thinking of this purely from a Mets media relations point of view, they should hang on to everybody since they might be in the wild card race all the way to the last few games. If they trade K-Rod and Reyes, their fans will think they're throwing in the towel this year and their ticket sales will suffer. It would probably be a mistake on the baseball future side of things, but they have not run their club well for a long time now as we all know.

    From the Yankee standpoint, I don't want K-Rod. He is an arrogant hothead. Plus he would never accept a non-closing role. There would be trouble down the road. Add to this that he throws 89 mph now and I can't see this working out in the A.L. Think what the Red Sox would do to him!

    • K-Rod has already said he would be willing to setup for good teams including the Yankees and the Rays specifically.

      • hardnose says:

        the Yankees have a set up man…i don't believe they should demote Robertson to make room for Krod, that's bad karma…

  2. Susan says:

    As I've said in the past, I can't stand this guy. We already have the best set up man in the majors (Robertson) and at some point Soriano will be back. Let the Muts keep him and go for the wild card, so they can hang another wild card banner up in Citi Field. Heck, the wild card for the Muts is like a World Series Championship for the Yankees.

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