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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Is there a trade of K-Rod on the horizon? K-Rod hires Scott Boras to be his agent

According to 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.

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