Francisco Rodriguez Will Test The Market

Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez plans to file for free agency, though he didn’t rule out re-signing with the Halos.

Kurt Streeter named several contracts that might be used as comparables for K-Rod:

  • Mariano Rivera: three years, $45MM ($15MM per year)
  • Francisco Cordero: four years, $46MM, fifth year club option ($11.5MM per year)
  • Joe Nathan: four years, $47MM, fifth year club option ($11.75MM per year)

It seems clear that K-Rod will set a new record for relievers in terms of total contract value.  He’ll probably want $13-15MM per year over four or five seasons.  Will the Angels pay up?  Will his price be artificially high if he sets a new saves record?


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