Anthony DiComo and Adam Berry of MLB.com, Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has left agent Paul Kinzer of the Wasserman Media Group and signed on with Scott Boras.
K-Rod is playing out the final chapter of a three-year, $37 million free agent contract that he signed with the Mets in December 2008. The deal carries a hefty $17.5 million option for 2012 that will vest if he finishes 55 games this season.
He’s on track right now for 55 Games finished , but New York could trade him to a team without an established closer or in need of a high-end setup pitcher and end that quest.
Reports from Jon Heyman (SI.com) and Buster Olney (ESPN) insist that the Mets will have some difficulties in moving K-Rod because of the vesting option. Heyman quotes a GM as saying the contract is, "scary."
Rodriguez has said in the past that he is willing to waive his vesting option if he was traded , in exchange for a long-term deal. Also, Rodriguez is preparing himself for free agency by hiring the best agent around.
Rodriguez, 29, has registered a 3.16 ERA and 46/16 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings this season, saving 23 games in 26 chances. The right-hander has a sparkling 2.54 career ERA and 291 career saves.