Jun
24

Francisco Rodriguez open to Yanks’ trade

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Francisco Rodriguez is open to a trade to the Yankees, the Mets’ closer said to The Daily News today. While speaking with Kristie Ackert, the mercurial reliever said he would embrace an opportunity to pitch in the Bronx if the circumstances were right. “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,” he said.

We had previously heard reports that K-Rod would waive his no-trade clause if a team were willing to extend his contract. It sounds, however, as though he’s willing to drop those demands. For the Yankees seeking bullpen help, Rodriguez remains an intriguing option, and I made the case for a trade earlier this month. As The Process Report notes, K-Rod will be owed around $6 million on his contract by the time of the trade deadline, and his deal includes a $17.5 million or a $3.5 million buyout. He certainly would be an expensive bullpen option, but if the Yanks are willing to pay the salary, the price in prospects shouldn’t be too high. As Brian Cashman has said that he needs setup help, this is one rumor that might have some legs.

  • duzzi23

    I HATE krod. But as a 2 month rental could really help the pen n knows the American League. I’ll never forget what he did vs us as a setupman in 2002

  • crawdaddie

    God, I hope Soriano comes back strong as I want no part of Krod.

  • Yank The Frank

    With his delivery he is an accident waiting to happen. The way our bullpen has been going KRod will be on the DL in August if the trade is made.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Complaints since 2002.

      • Yank The Frank

        Which will come to fruition if he becomes a Yankee.

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          As long as you recognize that you’re not being at all logical, I’m ok with that concern. :)

          • Yank The Frank

            Logic is not my strong suit.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Intriguing, but I think I’ll pass on that 1.417 WHIP for a relief pitcher.

    • http://ablogforarod.blogspot.com/ The Captain

      No kidding.

      Don’t the Yankees already have a setup guy who puts a few too many runners on base but manages to work out of it almost every time? And doesn’t that guy have a better K rate than K-Rod?

      Why give up a prospect for something they don’t need?

      • Macho Man

        Shouldn’t we start calling him K-Rob?

    • Kosmo

      Robertson has a 1.39 WHIP .

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        but also has like an above 80% LOB rate which is bound to regress

        • Kosmo

          I´m curious why would it regress ? Why can´t it improve ?

          • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

            just checked, it’s actually 88.1% LOB rate for Robertson now which is pretty insane. Usually don’t see rates like that unless they come with small sample sizes. It doesn’t realistically get much better than that with all the innings he’s pitched.

      • Kosmo

        No one has any idea what will happen from now until the trade deadline, so with that being said if a need arises then K-Rod makes a ton of sense.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Robertson at least has a 14+ K/9. Not many opportunities for men to hit on base.

        • Kosmo

          In fairness to KROD he´s averaged careerwise 11.3 Ks per 9 and this season 10.3 per 9. That´s damn good.

  • Mister Delaware

    “I see myself first and foremost as a closer, but if I were traded to a team with a long established guy working the 9th, I would be willing to be a setup man. I mean, Mariano Rivera, Kyle Farnsworth … those guys are legends. Who am I to take over their roles?” – Krod

    • Rick in Boston

      Well, Farnsworth is a legend…for sucking.

      • Mister Delaware

        Oh yeah! [offers hand to high-five]

      • MannyGeee

        yes, people still tell tales of his straight as an arrow fast ball over the fat part of the plate, and the 500 ft jacks it would produce…

    • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

      Seriously…how little of a grasp of the baseball world does this guy have to consider Farnsworth a “legend?” Either that or he sets his standards pretty low.

      • The BIG 3

        Seems to me that his grasp is just fine. He is willing to play for NY or TB and realizes they both already have closers in place, so he should probably compliment them.

  • imposter

    Yeah sure let’s get another stopper turned set-up guy . DRob can set-up for Mo like he’s been doing since Joba went down . The need for this bullpen is a lefty specialist since Logan can’t get them out anymore .

    • YankeesJunkie

      I am not a big fan of specialist. Unless they are throwing sub 2 FIP against once side then I might be interested. Get guys that can get out and throw innings. There is no reason a team should have a 13 man bullpen (even 12 to an extent), but this specialization is killing benches.

      • imposter

        A lefty specialist is a big part of the game today, without one who is going to get guys like Papi,AGon,Hamilton…etc out? Like I stated earlier this is where the pen needs help not another stopper turned set-up.

    • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

      Lefty specialists are overrated. I’ll take a guy who can simply get batters out. Not that I’m saying that guy is K-Rod since I think his best days are done. There will be someone on the market that could help them out more than Rodriguez, carries a lot less baggage and isn’t an accident waiting to happen on the mound. His 9th inning meltdowns and near meltdowns are what punched his ticket out of Anaheim in the first place and that has been pretty much his M.O. with the Mets.

      • imposter

        Overrated or not a lefty is a must in any bullpen .

        • Klemy

          What if the bullpen was comprices of several Mariano Riveras? Would you still want a lefty?

          • imposter

            Ridiculous .

            • Mister Delaware

              Some would say absolute statements are ridiculous.

  • David

    If Sori comes back strong, AND we get K-rod, maybe having K-rod would ‘encourage’ Sori to opt out at the end of the year and we get a draft pick and get out of his contract. (?)

    • MannyGeee

      this would assume that the Yankees do not buy KRod out, which I think is a forgone conclusion…

  • Bronx Bomber

    Forgive me if I don’t want another overpriced closer, that could implode at anytime. 7 mil for 2 months? Screw that.

  • Jorge

    I’m open to a trade to the Yankees as well.

  • nsalem

    Gagne par deux

  • Tom Zig

    I look forward to having a bullpen of 4 lefties and 3 righties.

  • Pounder

    Call me crazy, but I would not mind seeing Dickey come to the Yanks.Even as a setup man.

  • The BIG 3

    ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’
    -Al Einstein

    • FIPster Doofus

      Like Jeter in the leadoff spot.

      • JonS

        Not just that, but it seems like Girardi in general is just trying to prove the insanity phrase wrong.

      • The BIG 3

        The opposite. Jete’s been doing it for 15 years, Gardner hasn’t. In fact, Gardner hasn’t even been doing it for months (253 career lead-off AB’s, .347 OBP, although .407 for the past month). Jeter is bonafide, albeit questionably toast given his age. Gardner is the poster-boy for bad conclusions made by questionable stats.

        Give me Jeter 7 days a week and twice on Sunday. Even if I’m wrong, I’ve deferred to a guy who’s earned the respect.

  • duzzi23

    Hahaha yea jeter def needs to be no where near the leadoff spot

  • duzzi23

    Yea he is so stubborn

  • Adam Parker

    Who the heck is Francisco Rodriguez?

    /Brian Brunney’d

  • josh

    he should go to the rays. they rays REALLY need a closer!