NEW YORK (WFAN) – Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez knows he might be a goner by the July 31 trading deadline, and he’s not against serving in a setup role for a contending team.
Including the Yankees.
“If I am going to be traded, obviously I want the opportunity to close out games,” K-Rod told the the New York Daily News on Thursday, “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.”
Last month, the fiery closer said though he wants to stay with the club, he would consider waiving his no-trade clause — and vesting option — if the Mets want to make a trade.
One catch: the interested team would have to give him a new multi-year contract extension.
If K-Rod finishes 55 games this season, he’ll trigger a $17.5 million option for next season. Otherwise, his contract can be bought out for $3.5 million. Rodriguez has 28 finishes on the year so far.
“I would definitely love to stay here,” he told the paper, “but I have to be open to every possibility out there right now.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the Daily News on Wednesday that, though Jose Reyes won’t be coming to the Bronx, he’s not against swapping players with the Mets.
“I’m not afraid to make a trade with them. I’ll do anything,” Cashman said.
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