Ken Rosenthal reports that Francisco Rodriguez and the Milwaukee Brewers have made a deal: K-Rod is waving his $17.5 million option in exchange for additional compensation now. He’ll become a free agent when the season is over.
This makes sense for everyone. For the Brewers, they can now use Rodriguez in any capacity they wish, be it closing, setup or mopup, without having to worry about the games-finished clause. For Rodriguez, he gets a chance to enter the free agent market with much better stats — more games; more innings; more saves, most likely — and thus be a far more attractive commodity than he would have been if he had been used sparingly in an effort to avoid the option from triggering.
And of course this is great for Scott Boras who, his posturing notwithstanding, clearly wanted to get his new client on the free agent market ASAP. After all, if K-Rod got his $17.5 million, that commission would go to the old agent, Paul Kinzer. A cut of any new deal is all for Boras.
And speaking of Boras, he went on XM Radio today, talking about just how awful a disservice Kinzer did to K-Rod in allegedly not submitting his no-trade list to the Mets before they could ship him to Milwaukee. I touched on this yesterday, noting that it’s not at all clear that Kinzer really failed in this duty, and even if it is, it was a moot and harmless event.
This new deal — which was clearly already brewing as Boras made his media rounds to slam his rival agent — makes it pretty clear that K-Rod wasn’t harmed at all. He was eager to go to Milwaukee and once he got there, he struck a deal that is both player and agent-friendly.
So what I’m saying: take Boras’ hand-wringing over that no-trade list with a grain of salt. Maybe the whole shaker. It’s grandstanding and backbiting. Nothing more.