NEW YORK - MAY 20: Francisco Rodriguez #75 of the New York Mets celebrates with teamate Josh Thole #30 after defetaing the New York Yankees 2-1 on May 20, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Funny, what can pass for news these days. From the Daily News:
Francisco Rodriguez's $17.5 million vesting option, activated for 2012 if the closer finishes 55 games this year, is commonly seen as an albatross, a major drag on Rodriguez's trade value. But for a variety of reasons, the clause is not as problematic as it seems, and Rodriguez might be far easier to move than conventional wisdom suggests.
The closer's open-mindedness will help: Although Rodriguez has a clause blocking trades to ten undisclosed teams, a source close to him said that he will consider any potential deal that is presented to him. Rodriguez is also open to waiving the vesting option in the event an acquiring team wants to negotiate a multi-year extension, the source said.
I mean, not to be exceptionally/obnoxiously insouciant, but isn't the message here that Francisco Rodriguez will consider anything that will guarantee him more money than he might otherwise make?
Hey, you know what? Me too. I'm not saying I will accept an offer from Sports Illustrated or Cat Fancy if they call ... but I will absolutely consider any potential deal.
But maybe that's just me. And Francisco Rodriguez.
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