Francisco Rodriguez, knowing how the game is played from the business side, is willing to accept a trade to a contender and work as a set-up reliever. He would waive the $17.5 million option that is to kick in after finishing 55 games this year for a contract extension.
Evidently, the same offer would apply to the Mets if they were to extend him by say, three years.
Of course, the Mets will need a closer after this season and there’s no guarantee Bobby Parnell will take to the role. Even so, as good as Rodriguez has been this year, I’m not willing to gamble with him, even at 29,
He’s pitching well, but to me too much of that is pitching for a new contract – or the option. He’s been a model citizen after last year, but three years is excessive. He still has the volatile motion that could make him vulnerable to injury and losing something off his fastball.
Yes, he’s pitching well, but if the Mets are lucky enough to escape his contract at the trade deadline, they’d be foolish to hang on to him. If they can run away from this, they should.