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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