Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:07 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 11:22 pm
By Matt Snyder
Brewers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez may file a lawsuit against his former agents, Paul Kinzer and Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
K-Rod and his attorneys allege that he was led to believe he had a no-trade clause that included 10 teams -- the Brewers being one of them -- by his agents when he initially signed a three-year contract with the Mets before the 2009 season. Instead, the former closer found out there was no such clause in July of last season. After realizing the omission, Rodriguez fired the agents and hired Scott Boras.
"They did something atrocious,'' Rodriguez's attorney Richard Johnson said (USAToday.com). "Their utter arrogance makes this so evil. It's like rear-ending somebody, but instead of stopping your car and trading insurance information, these guys blew up the car, took off, and ran away. They committed negligence, and turned it into a fraud case.''
Boras negotiated a $500,000 buyout out of K-Rod's vesting option for 2012, which was worth $17.5 million. He would have pretty easily finished enough games to make the option vest had he stayed with the Mets or been traded to a team that would use him as the closer. Instead, he accepted the buyout and was traded, eyeing a big free agent this deal in the offseason.
As the closer market dried up this past offseason, however -- not to mention the fact that Rodriguez had zero saves with the Brewers -- Rodriguez decided to accept arbitration from the Brewers instead of hitting the open market and ended up with a one-year, $8 million contract.
"He's going to lose a lot of money, the question is whether it's seven figures or eight figures,'' said Johnson(USAToday.com). "There's long-term damage to his career. He wasn't even in position to be marketed as a closer last winter. They really [messed] with his career in a monumental way.''
Had Rodriguez's contract contained the no-trade clause, he could have made sure he was in a closing situation -- perhaps having a great second half and setting himself up for a free agency offer from a team seeking a closer. Instead he'll remain in the setup role at least one more season.
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Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:34 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 11:28 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario missed the entire 2011 season with the Dodgers because of visa issues now has his visa, but according to the Los Angeles Times, will serve a 25-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.
Belisario's drug suspension is for a "drug of abuse," so it could be that he either failed to comply with an order to take part in a treatment program, or was convicted to pleading guilty to using or possessing a prohibited substance.
Belisario's agent, Paul Kinzer, hinted to the Times in February that the Venezuelan pitcher's visa issues were because of a "deeper" problem. Belisario was placed on the restricted list in 2010 and the Times reported it was to enter a substance-abuse program, though the team never confirmed that. Belisario also pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge in 2009 after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Belisario will turn 29 on Dec. 31 and has pitched in 128 games over two seasons with the Dodgers, striking out 102 batters in 126 innings, while walking 48 and putting up a 3.36 ERA.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:19 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
"That ship has sailed," Paul Kinzer told Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.
Kinzer said Ramirez, 33, is looking for a three- or four-year deal with a new team, and is in no hurry to sign with a new team.
"As the market establishes itself and people find out if they're in or not on [Albert] Pujols or [Prince] Fielder, and who's in on [Jose] Reyes, Aramis is going to be there," Kinzer said. "He's not looking at an eight-year contract. He's going to be looking in the four-[year] ranger, and maybe three with an option. It's going to be his choice."
Ramirez hit .306/.361/.510 with 26 home runs and 93 RBI in 2011 and is a .284/.342/.500 hitter in his career. Ramirez struggled in 2010, but bounced back last season to be the Cubs' most productive hitter.
Ramirez is coming off a five-year, $71 million deal with the Cubs he signed after exploring free agency following the 2006 season. He was traded to Chicago in 2003 from Pittsburgh.
"There's no problems there, but it's the point where it's the end of an era," Kinzer told MLB.com. "They have some things they have to do, and at this point in his career, [Rafael Furcal] got his ring, and now Ramy wants his. He wants to go somewhere where he has a shot at a competitive team. He loves Chicago and it hurts for him to leave, but that's part of the sport."@eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: February 17, 2011 1:06 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 5:38 pm
While reporting dates for nearly every team go almost flawlessly every spring, there's the occasional hiccup -- and it seems one interesting case each season.
This season, the Dodgers' Ronald Belisario. The Los Angeles Times relays a report from Venezuelan newspaper Lider en Deportes that Belisario lost his passport and has an appointment Friday to get a new one.
Not only is there that part of the story, it's that his agent, Paul Kinzer, was under the impression that Belisario could miss the entire season because of his inability to get into the United States. Kinzer told the Times he hadn't talked to Belisario for "a few weeks" and didn't know about the passport issue.
"That would be news to me," Kinzer said. "I hope that's true."
Belisario, who missed a month of the regular season in 2010 in a substance-abuse treatment program, said he'll join the team in Arizona soon.
"Of course, I'll go to spring training," Belisario said. "As soon as I get the passport, I'll go back to the embassy to get a visa. They already have my test results."
The right-hander appeared in 59 games last season, going 3-1 with a 5.04 ERA with two saves in 55 1/3 innings pitched. He had a 2.04 ERA in 69 games as a rookie in 2009.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans