Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
- Second half Rotation - Collins has set the rotation for life after the break. R.A. Dickey starts first against the Phillies. He will be followed by Jon Niese and Mike Pelfrey. Chris Capuano will pitch the Monday makeup game against Florida. Dillon Gee opens the following series against St. Louis.
- K-Rod's Option - Alderson parried a few questions about Francisco Rodriguez’s vesting option. He said it would not be “crippling” if that $17.5 million salary hits the team’s payroll next season. He said he could envision a scenario in which Rodriguez remains on the team next season. These are likely the proper things to say. But logic would suggest that Alderson, a fiscally-responsible fellow interested in payroll flexibility, would prefer Rodriguez plays elsewhere in 2012.
- Trading Carlos Beltran - Alderson on the Carlos Beltran decision: “We’re not anxious to trade Carlos. He’s been a key for us.” He added, “He’s played great. And as a result, he’s valuable. But he’s valuable to us, too, for the same reason.”