Francisco Rodriguez trade rumors are still out there, but now the New York Mets may be limited in options. The Francisco Rodriguez trade market will be heavily influenced by announcements made by new agent Scott Boras.
On Monday, Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal tweeted about the latest developments. He said that, "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." This will definitely shorten the list of teams interested in acquiring him, and it will hinder how the Mets approach the trading deadline.
When the Mets signed Rodriguez, they gave him just about everything he wanted in a large contract. It included a huge no-trade clause as well as an option of $17.5 million for the 2012 season. If Rodriguez is able to finish 21 more games in 2011, then that option will be picked up. This is the main reason he wants to stay in that closer role, because it would just about guarantee that 2012 contract.
There don't seem to be very many teams that are willing to not just take on the huge salary of Rodriguez but to put a big name in the closer role right now. Most of the top-notch teams already have an All-Star at the back-end of their bullpen, leaving very few trade options for the Mets. At this point, it is starting to look like New York would have to pay a hefty chunk of his salary to make a deal work.
Do you think that Rodriguez will get traded this season? Is any closer worth $17.5 million for one season?