K-Rod open to Yankees trade
Mets reliever Francisco Rodriguez AKA K-Rod reported to the NY Daily News, Thursday, that we would be open to trade to cross-town NY Yankees. K-Rod is even willing to be a set-up man in order to trade to a top contender. The Mets are in a financial situation following the Madoff Ponzi scandal, and still sporting a below .500 record (37-38). The Mets would have to pay him a $17.5 million vesting option for 2012 if he completes 55 games this season. He does have a ten-team no-trade clause in his contract; the teams are not listed. The Yankees are interested, but K-Rod does have off-the-field issues as well. A year ago, he assaulted his girlfriend’s dad at the Citi-Field player guest area. He was suspended, fined, faced harsh legal actions, and even had to sit out awhile breaking his thumb in the attack on pop’s. Read the quotes!
“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 Thursday, according to the New York Daily News.
“Honestly I don’t even know what (teams) are on the no-trade clause, I haven’t even been asked about that yet,” Rodriguez said, according to the Daily News. “I mean I would definitely love to stay here, but I have to be open to every possibility out there right now.”
“I’ve done three deals with them and they were all pretty big,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. “(Armando) Benitez was a big name. (Robin) Ventura for David Justice was kind of big deal, our need for their need.
“But it’s complicated because … no one wants to make a mistake in their own backyard. … No one’s going to make that type of mistake too easily. The only way you would typically line up to do something is if the opposing side is so motivated to move whatever they’ve got.” (quotes courtesy espn)