Showing posts with label Future Free-Agent. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Future Free-Agent. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

K- Rod's option MIGHT NOT be a road block for trade

K-Rod made it official that he just changed agents, from Paul Kinzer to Scott Boras.

Boras according to CBS Sports, is likely to be less worried about the vesting option and more concerned about positioning Rodriguez as the best closer on this winter's free-agent market (and, in fact, Boras reminded reporters Monday that K-Rod is a closer and should remain one).

The best way to position Rodriguez as a closer is to have him close games all year -- and if he does it in a pennant race, so much the better).

But what about that $17.5 million?

Well, it doesn't need to be $17.5 million. K-Rod could potentially (and would consider, according to sources) bargain away that vesting option, perhaps for an increase in the $3.5 million buyout that is already part of his contract.

That way, the Mets could get prospects they need back in a trade (and avoid paying the $17.5 million themselves), the acquiring team would get a quality closer (and not run the risk of spending $17.5 million next year themselves).

And K-Rod would get an improved buyout, a chance to better position himself in the free-agent market, and the opportunity to hit the market at 29 years old, rather than at 30.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Jose Reyes is making a play for a big payday by talking to Scott Boras

According to a report citing anonymous sources, Scott Boras (Super Agent) has met with the Mets' shortstop Jose Reyes.

Boras, according to the report, met with Reyes once over the winter and again on the Mets' trip to Colorado in early May.

If Boras becomes Reyes' agent, it almost certainly would reduce the chance that Reyes re-signs with the team.

Reyes is currently represented by Peter Greenberg, but Boras would not be tampering by speaking with the shortstop.

The Mets, still cash-strapped even if the partial sale to David Einhorn and his $200 million investment comes through, are unlikely to be the team that offers Reyes the largest contract. A switch to Boras also would likely eliminate the chance of the shortstop signing an extension with the team during the season before he hits the open market.

Reyes is making $11 million this season and owner Fred Wilpon scoffed at the notion that he would match the seven-year, $142 million deal Carl Crawford signed with the Red Sox last offseason.

Wilpon told The New Yorker early this season that Reyes isn't worth Crawford money.

"[Reyes] thinks he's going to get Carl Crawford money," Wilpon said. "He's had everything wrong with him. He won't get it."

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