Friday, June 24, 2011

Texas Rangers: Mets' Reliever Francisco Rodriguez Could be Cheap to Acquire

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Francisco Rodriguez Francisco Rodriguez #75 and Ronny Paulino #9 of the New York Mets celebrate after their 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 14, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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One of the names on the list of possible trades the Texas Rangers can pursue is New York Mets reliever, Francisco Rodriguez, who is with his team in Arlington for the next three days.

I spoke to a Mets source today who told me Rodriguez is going to be more or less a salary dump for the team. He has a $17.5 million vesting option for next season which, the source told me, the Mets will probably need to pick up most or all of that option in order to move him.

As far as what he would cost in return I was told probably nothing more than a mid-level prospect or two.

Rodriguez is still a good reliever and if he can get control of his fastball back, could become a solid reliever in the Rangers' bullpen if he's the guy they want.

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