Mets Closer Open To Trade, Cashman Not Interested

An article by posted on June 24, 2011

Last night, after the Mets win over the A’s, closer Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 20th save of the season while passing the half-way mark of 55 games finished that triggers the $17.5 million dollar option on his contract.

After the game, K-Rod told Kristie Ackert of the Daily News that he would consider accepting a trade to a contending team and mentioned the Yankees.

“If I am going to be traded, obviously I want the opportunity to close out games, but if it’s going to be good teams like the Yankees or the Rays, and it’s going to be for two months, I can go out there and help them out,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez understands that the Mets may approach him about waiving his no-trade clause that allows him to block deals to ten teams. He seems willing to set-up as long as it’s with a contender.

The Yankees could certainly use a setup man and GM Brian Cashman said this week that he has no problem dealing with the Mets.

Despite his domestic problem last season which resulted in a season ending thumb injury, Rodriguez has performed well and has lived up to contract thus far. He’s still an elite closer, and while I don’t think any closer is worth $17.5MM, his loss will have a huge negative impact on the Mets bullpen anyway you cut it.

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