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Sunday, August 21, 2011

News and Notes: K-Rod Back to Mets?, Capuano's Salary, Pelfrey and Mets Not A Long Term Marriage?

Francisco Rodriguez said he would consider returning to the Mets as a free agent this winter, reports Matt Ehalt for ESPN New York.

"I understand this is a business, they did what they needed to do and feel what they need to early in the year to trade me, (but) the door is still open," Rodriguez said. "I'm not the type of person that is going to burn bridges and say, no, I'm not coming this place because they trade me or whatever. I'm open-minded and open to come here to New York once again in the future."

Chris Capuano's 2011 salary currently stands at around $2.65MM, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Capuano signed with New York for a base salary of $1.5MM last winter, but he is on pace to more than double that total thanks to incentives. Rubin notes that Capuano will receive $75K for each of his next seven starts, plus $550K if the southpaw can reach the 170-inning plateau.

Capuano threw 5 2/3 innings today, bringing his total to 145 1/3 innings pitched for the season.

Four unnamed opposing executives describe Mike Pelfrey as "a back-of-the-rotation cog," reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Despite this middling evaluation, Sherman feels the Mets will tender Pelfrey a contract for next year, pay him roughly $6MM after an arbitration bump and then perhaps try to move him at the trade deadline.

The executives all feel, however, that both Pelfrey and the Mets "know they are not in a long-term marriage."

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