Friday, June 24, 2011
K-Rod Open to Trade to Contender Team As Setup Guy
by Jess Estremera
K-Rod has stated that he would give up his closer role if traded to a contender team. "If I am going to be traded, obviously I want the opportunity to close out games, but if it's going to be good teams like the Yankees or the Rays, and it's going to be for two months, I can go out there and help them out," Rodriguez said Thursday, according to the New York Daily News. The Mets have incentive to dump Rodriguez. He has a $17.5 million vesting option for 2012 that kicks in if he finishes 55 games this season. He has already finshed 28. If a team picks him up to be a setup man, that issue wouldn't come into play. Rodriguez also has a no-trade clause to 10 teams, but he doesn't think that's a big deal. "Honestly I don't even know what (teams) are on the no-trade clause, I haven't even been asked about that yet," Rodriguez said, according to the Daily News. "I mean I would definitely love to stay here, but I have to be open to every possibility out there right now." Rodriguez has 20 saves and a 3.25 ERA this season but it seems he already has one foot out of the door. So let's all just give him that final shove and leave his uniform out on the front yard.