Anthony DiComo and Adam Berry of MLB.com are reporting that New York Mets closer, Francisco Rodriguez, has left his current agent Paul Kinzer to sign with super agent, Scott Boras according to an industry source. Following last night’s loss to the Giants, K-Rod declined to comment after he was approached by multiple reports regarding the possible agent switch:
However, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com, while Rodriguez has not officially made the switch he has indeed signed with Boras:
Yesterday afternoon, news had begun to circulate that Boras was looking to get his paws on the high-profile, free-agent to be, Francisco Rodriguez according to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal:
Closer Francisco Rodriguez, who could become a free agent this winter if his contract option for 2012 does not vest, met with the agent and two associates both before and after the Mets’ 6-0 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.
Rodriguez has asked other Boras clients on the Mets whether they would recommend him as an agent, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Other agents, evidently aware that K-Rod may be looking to switch agents have also contacted the Mets pitcher. Before Thursday’s game, the person said, Rodriguez showed one teammate a text message from an unidentified agent — not Boras — who was courting him.”
Rodriguez, who signed a 3 year/$37 million contract with the Mets prior to the 2009 season, is on pace to finish 61 games for NY this season which would surpass the 55 games finished required for his atrocious $17.5 million option to vest. It is that reason that many believe, general manger Sandy Alderson will be working the phones to trade the closer before the July 31st non waiver trade deadline.
To me, it is the reason Alderson must trade the closer. While I may be in the very small minority of fans who actually like K-Rod (on the field), I do not want to see that contract vest for next season. I believe the team can much better allocate the $17.5 million owed to Rodriguez next season, rather then spend it on a closer, even if he may be one of the games better closers. To put his contract into perspective, the greatest closer of all-time, Mariano Rivera (that will be the last time you ever hear of me complimenting a Yankee), is only due to make $15 million in 2012, $2.5 million less then K-Rod would make should his option vest.
As Adam Rubin pointed out early Saturday night:
Earlier in the week, Buster Olney of ESPN reported that with K-Rod is a huge financial risk for GM to take on in the trade market:
I have to believe, that what was thought to be a tough sell to other clubs (strictly because of his option) has just became that much tougher upon the news that he may be hiring Scott Boras to become his agent.
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