Tag:Francisco Rodriguez
Posted on: July 15, 2011 5:24 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Report: K-Rod vesting option waived

By Matt Snyder

Francisco Rodriguez is now likely the Brewers full-time closer. When the Brewers traded for K-Rod earlier this week, the obvious notion was that he was unable to be the full-time closer due to his contract. Rodriguez had an option that would vest for $17.5 million for next season if he finished 55 games in 2010. There's no way the Brewers were going to have that burden, but now it doesn't matter. K-Rod has waived the vesting option for additional compensation, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler had noted this could happen, as K-Rod's new agent Scott Boras likes the idea of having the best available closer on the free agent market.

Rodriguez, 29, has converted 23 of 26 saves this season and has a 3.16 ERA. It's very probable he'll take over as the full-time closer for the Brewers now that the vesting option is off the table. He'll replace John Axford. Axford has converted 23 of 25 save chances and has a 2.83 ERA. The duo gives the Brewers a pretty formidable 1-2 punch at the back-end of the bullpen.

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:08 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 5:25 pm
 

On Deck: Sanchez/Garza kicks off second half

On Deck

By Evan Brunell


SanchezGarzaBEST MATCHUP: We all know how poorly the Marlins fared in June during a streak that saw manager Edwin Rodriguez resign in favor of new skipper Jack McKeon. Well, Florida is working on a five-game streak that they'll put up against the Cubs with Anibal Sanchez in tow. Sanchez, who pitched a no-hitter way back in 2006, is hoping to shake off a lousy start to July that raised his ERA to 3.58. Still one of the better pitchers in the game, Sanchez has been bandied about as a possible trade candidate if the Marlins can't sustain their newfound winning ways leading up to the trade deadline. Matt Garza will toe the mound for Chicago, no stranger to trade rumors himself as he was dealt from Tampa Bay to Chicago in the offseason and was recently linked to the Red Sox. Garza, despite his 4.26 ERA, has strong peripherals and will be a difficult pitcher for Florida to handle. Marlins vs. Cubs, 8:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

HollandHOLLAND ROLLING
: Manager Ron Washington was so pleased by Derek Holland's four-hitter before the break that the lefty drew the first start after the break despite an up-and-down season. Holland will be charged with defending a seven-game winning streak against the Mariners, who will send Jason Vargas to the mound. In a battle of lefties, Vargas has the better numbers but at just age 24, Holland boasts the better upside. The going is tough when you pitch in Rangers Ballpark, but he's equipped himself well thus far and will have the pitching haven of Safeco Field working for him Thursday night. Holland hasn't quite made the leap toward being an excellent pitcher, but as a middle-of-the-rotation hurler, many teams could do worse. Rangers vs. Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

BrewersRodriguezK-ROD ARRIVES
: Another nice pitching matchup is in store with young Brewers righty Yovani Gallardo going up against Ubaldo Jimenez. Gallardo was once a lock to become a dominating pitcher, but hasn't taken that jump yet. At just age 25, it's not as if Gallardo is useless, especially since many teams would kill to have a No. 2 starter like Gallardo, but for every step forward (reducing his control issues), there's a step back as he's not striking out as many batters as he once was. Jimenez struggled earlier this season, starting off with a 5.86 ERA in his first nine starts, but has posted a 2.52 ERA in eight starts since. But the attention will be on Francisco Rodriguez Thursday night, as the new Brewer is expected to be in uniform. Will he receive a save chance? Unlikely, but he could make an appearance in the game. Brewers vs. Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Rodriguez didn't want trade to Brewers

By Evan Brunell

RodriguezNew Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez intended to have Milwaukee on his no-trade list, SI.com's Jon Heyman reports.

As the New York Times writes, the Mets never received Rodriguez's no-trade list from his former agent in Paul Kinzer and were thusly free to trade him to any team in baseball. The right-hander has the right to block trades to 10 teams each season under the terms of his contract. New York moved quickly to ship Rodriguez after the closer switched representation to Scott Boras as GM Sandy Alderson felt Boras would catch the error and attempt to send a list in.

Manager Ron Roenicke said that Rodriguez and Axford would share closing duties. However, if Rodriguez finishes 21 more games, his contract calls for a $17.5 million option for next season to vest, so Axford could receive the bulk of the save chances.

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Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:22 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Brewers closer happy with K-Rod addition

By C. Trent Rosecrans

You wonder how Brewers closer John Axford feels about his team adding the Mets' Francisco Rodriguez?

Well, Axford responded on Twitter on Wednesday morning and he doesn't seem too upset.

John Axford

There's been a question on just how the Brewers would appease two closers, but most who know Axford say he'd have zero problem stepping aside for Rodriguez. The Brewers, however, may want to limit Rodriguez's opportunities to finish games. He has a $17.5 million option that vests if he finishes 55 games this season. So far, he's finished 34 games this season. The Brewers could try split closers, or they could see if Rodriguez would setup.

Rodriguez recently hired Scott Boras to represent him. Earlier this week, CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler noted Boras wouldn't mind getting rid of the vesting option in order to make Rodriguez the top closer on the open market this offseason.

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:45 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 12:04 am
 

K-Rod now a Boras client

By Matt Snyder

Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has switched agents and hired Scott Boras, MLB.com reports. It's likely not a coincidence that Rodriguez would bring in the super-agent, either.

If K-Rod finishes 55 games this season, a whopping $17.5 million option on his contract will vest and he'll be with the Mets through 2012. Admirably, this hasn't held Mets skipper Terry Collins back from using his closer and trying to win games. Rodriguez has finished 34 games so far this season, so -- assuming he stays healthy and a closer -- he'll cruise past the 55 games and get even richer.

Of course, if the Mets fall far enough out of the race by late July that they're compelled to become sellers, K-Rod is very likely traded. Not many teams would trade for him to close games and get stuck with the huge price tag, however, so he'd likely be acquired as a setup man and then have to face free agency after the season. And no one is signing him for $17.5 million for next year. Not even close, as it would make him the highest-paid closer in baseball by more than $3 million.

I'm not really sure what Boras could do to prevent a maneuver like this, but if anyone can find a loophole, it's Boras.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 6, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: July 6, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Mets aiming to deal K-Rod, two other relievers

Rodriguez

By Evan Brunell


The Mets may finally be ready to sell. A source told the New York Daily News that GM Sandy Alderson is hoping to move three bullpen arms: Francisco Rodriguez (pictured), Jason Isringhausen and Tim Byrdak.

"Those guys have pitched well, and they could help somebody," the source said.

It's no surprise that K-Rod is on the trade block; he has been available all season as he speeds toward a $17.5 million vesting option provided he finishes 55 games this season. Because of some curious moves by manager Terry Collins, Rodriguez already has 32 games finished, which complicates any deal. While teams will be interested in Rodriguez as a setup man, the concern is Rodriguez needing to step into the closer's role because of injury and then seeing his option vest.

Other teams may find that vesting option attractive, enabling them to keep Rodriguez on a one-year deal while other clubs fight over Heath Bell, Jonathan Papelbon and others in free agency. Still, it will be a tough road to dealing Rodriguez, even though he could bring the biggest return.

Isringhausen and Byrdak, meanwhile, would bring nothing more than salary relief or a middling prospect. That's all Alderson needs to justify these deals, telling fans that the Mets remain serious about contending this year, even if the chances of snagging a postseason spot are slim.

In Izzy's first extended major-league stint since 2008, the 38-year-old has a 3.25 ERA in 27 2/3 innings, whiffing 6.8 batters per nine innings and walking 4.8. He's pitching worse than his ERA indicates, but plenty of other teams need relief help, so the right-hander could draw interest. If the Cardinals whiff on acquiring Heath Bell, they could go after Isringhausen, who was St. Louis' closer from 2002-08.

Byrdak is, frankly, nothing special, but left-handed specialists are always wanted. Byrdak's last four years saw ERA's all under 4.00 while it's at 4.15 this year. But his peripherals indicate that, so far, Byrdak's 2011 is his most successful campaign in a career that stretches back to 1998 despite just 228 1/3 career innings pitched. He seems as if he would be dealt in your standard "player to be named later or cash considerations" move.

If the Mets can clear out these three relievers, it will be in order to free money for future payroll and a possible mammoth contract for shortstop Jose Reyes. Even more money could be cleared if Alderson deals other players like Carlos Beltran, but such a move would send a signal to fans that the season is essentially done.

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 2:14 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Rangers interested in Mets' K-Rod, Beltran

Carlos Beltran

By C. Trent Rosecrans


The Rangers have been on record as looking for bullpen help, and the Mets could be a possible trade partner, SI.com's Jon Heyman tweets.

Heyman notes the Rangers have expressed interest in both Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran and closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Last week Rodriguez noted he'd be fine moving into a setup role for a team that'll be in the playoff hunt, and the first-place Rangers (in a pretty weak division) certainly qualify in that regard.

More interesting is Beltran, who hasn't played center field this season. Last year he started 58 games in center, only to be replaced this season by Angel Pagan. Josh Hamilton has started nine games in center this season and 29 a year ago.

While Hamilton and Nelson Cruz have spent time on the disabled list, the other Rangers outfielders have gotten opportunities, but nobody's taken ahold of it. David Murphy is hitting .233/.310/.317 with four home runs in 226 plate appearances, while his OPS has dropped 179 points from last season. He's played mostly left this season but also center and right. 

The Rangers used three different starters in center field in this past weekend's series against the Mets. Hamilton started there Friday; Craig Gentry started Saturday; and former Met Endy Chavez started Sunday. Add to that, the player who has started the most games in center for the Rangers is Julio Borbon.

Besides Hamilton, of the other three, Chavez is the only one that has a homer (two) this season. All have respectable splits, but none has a long-term track record, much less one that compares to Beltran's.

Beltran is in the final year of his seven-year, $119 million deal with the Mets. He's making $18.5 million this season and has a full no-trade clause.

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:54 am
Edited on: June 27, 2011 10:31 am
 

Pepper: Is the trade deadline too soon?

By C. Trent Rosecrans


BASEBALL TODAY: Are the Nationals headed in the right direction with Davey Johnson? MLB.com's Tom Bororstein joins Lauren Shihadi to discuss the Nationals, as well as the upcoming Reds-Rays series, the Indians-Diamondbacks and more.

PUSH IT BACK: In a month, we here at Eye On Baseball will be churning out rumors and speculation left and right -- who has interest in whom, which team is a buyer and which is a seller and what backup second baseman has some trade value. It's part of the baseball calendar, the last weekend of July. But is that too early?

Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union-Tribune says it is, and I'm not sure he's wrong.

The nonwaiver trade deadline is at the two-thirds mark of the season, and that may be too soon for teams to decide just exactly what their chances are to make the best decision about folding or going all in on a postseason run.

The best reason to change it is that it forces too many teams -- especially those without a high payroll flexibility -- to give up too soon. Who wants to pay to see 25 games or so to see a team that has given up hope? Push the trade deadline back and lie to us a little longer, we like that.

NEW YORK TRADE TIME?: Could this be the year the Mets and Yankees make a big trade with each other? The two teams have only made nine trades with each other in their history. It's unlikely Jose Reyes will go across town, but Francisco Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, Jason Isringhausen and Tim Byrdak could help the Yankees. [Wall Street Journal]

STRETCHING PINEDA: While nobody gave it any consideration when Michael Pineda broke the Mariners' camp in the rotation, it's now going to become an issue -- will the Mariners allow the rookie starter to add innings to his arm if the Mariners stick in the American League West race?

Seattle manager Eric Wedge says the team has a plan, not just for Pineda but the team's other pitchers as well, to try to limit innings, but still have his starters ready for September. The biggest thing is not limiting innings, but his game-to-game pitch count, Wedge said. [Seattle Times]

BARNEY SAYS IT GETS BETTER: Cubs rookie Darwin Barney not only participated in the "It Gets Better" project aimed at gay teens, but also said he was "honored" to ask. A cool deal for both Barney and an ever better deal for the campaign started by Cubs fan Dan Savage. The Giants have also shot a spot for the project. [Chicago Tribune]

HARANG STILL OUT: Padres starter Aaron Harang is unlikely to return from a stress fracture in his right foot until after the All-Star break. Harang leads the Padres' staff with a 7-2 record and 3.71 ERA. He's been on the DL since June 13. [San Diego Union-Tribune]

SORIA BACK: Since being reinstated as the Royals' closer, Joakim Soria hasn't allowed a run in 10 games (12 innings). He's only allowed four hits and two walks while striking out 12 and notching six saves. [Kansas City Star]

WE'RE GOING STREAKING!: Who is the streakiest team in baseball? Beyondtheboxscore.com has done the math and it's the Boston Red Sox. The least streaky? Well, that would be the consistently bad Chicago Cubs. The Cubs, amazingly enough, haven't won three games in a row all season.

JENKS BACK SOON: Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks is expected to join the team Monday in Philadelphia and could be activated on Tuesday. [Boston Herald]

Marlins STILL WOOING BIG NAMES: Nobody expects Jack McKeon to manager the Marlins next season. Florida hired its interim manager after last season and look at how that turned out. Apparently owner Jeffrey Loria wants a big-name manager, and that's likely Bobby Valentine or Ozzie Guillen. [Palm Beach Post]

BYRD'S FACEMASK: Bringing flashbacks of Terry Steinbach, Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd will wear a helmet with extra protection in his rehab start at Triple-A Iowa. Byrd was hit in the face last month and suffered facial fractures. [Chicago Tribune]

FINDING NIMMO: The Mets made Brandon Nimmo the first-ever first-round draft pick from the state of Wyoming. Wyoming hasn't had a first-rounder before because of its combination of low population and harsh climate. Nimmo's dad, Ron, has helped on both causes, raising his sons there and building a barn where they could hone their baseball skills year-round. [New York Post]

CHANGEUP PITCHES: The Brewers want right-hander Yovani Gallardo to throw more changeups. Gallardo is 9-4 with a 3.92 ERA this season, but is throwing the changeup just 1.6 percent of the time and none in his last two starts. The Brewers believe the pitch could help him lower his pitch counts and go deeper into games. [MLB.com]

HANLEY TO STAY AT CLEANUP: The Marlins new regime is going to continue using shortstop Hanley Ramirez as the team's cleanup hitter. Ramirez was hitting .200/.298/.295 overall when he was put in the fourth spot by new manager Jack McKeon and in five games in that spot, he's hitting .400/.429/.450 with four RBI, raising his overall line to .218/.309/.309. [Palm Beach Post]

SMALL GESTURE, BIG DEAL: Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune writes a really neat tale of Curt Schilling and a World War II veteran who recently passed away.

ROSE BRINGS 'EM IN: There's apparently not a whole lot going on in the greater Bristol area of Virginia and Tennessee, because Pete Rose is bringing in the fans. No, not the Hit King, but Pete Rose Jr., manager of the Bristol White Sox of the short-season Class A Appalachian League. Still, it's cool Rose is chasing his dream. If there's one thing when you look at his career path, he may not have his father's talent, but he does have his drive. [Bristol Herald Courier]

THIS IS WRONG: That's it. Just wrong. [Yahoo!'s Big League Stew]

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