K-Rod Mulls Legal Action Against Former Agents

Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez, claiming that his former agents at WMG deceived him, may file a grievance or lawsuit against them, his attorney told Bob Nightengale of USA Today

In the final year of his deal with the Mets, the hurler believed that he had a limited no-trade clause in which he could block deals to ten teams, including Milwaukee.  However, a no-trade provision was never filed on his behalf and the closer fired Paul Kinzer and Arn Tellem in favor of Scott Boras.  A few days later, Rodriguez was traded to the Brewers.

"They did something atrocious,'' the attorney said. "Their utter arrogance makes this so evil. It's like rear-ending somebody, but instead of stopping your car and trading insurance information, these guys blew up the car, took off, and ran away.  They committed negligence, and turned it into a fraud case."

Boras later negotiated a $500K payout to eliminate a $17.5MM vesting option in hopes that Rodriguez would still be used as a part-time closer, which never materialized. The Brewers' subsequent use of Rodriguez as a set-up man likely diminished his value on the free agent market entering this season, Nightengale writes.

Johnson said that Rodriguez is upset at the circumstances that led to his trade to Milwaukee, but not with the organization itself.  The attorney also says that If Rodriguez had been aware a no-trade provision was never filed during his career, he would have been much more open to signing an extension with the Mets.  Johnson says that the Wasserman Group promised to pay Rodriguez at least $1MM prior to a mediation session last week but reneged.


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51 Comments on "K-Rod Mulls Legal Action Against Former Agents"


3 years 6 months ago

Love the comparison to rear ending someone.

Dem0nBear24
3 years 6 months ago

 wat

TophersReds
3 years 6 months ago

*Facepalm*

EdinsonPickle
3 years 6 months ago

“these guys blew up the car, took off, and ran away.”

What the heck is this? A comic book?

3 years 6 months ago

K Rod shouldn’t have hired Boras nor the lawyer handling his case. What he should have done was hire the “A Team”

If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… The A-Team.
B. A. Baracus probable could handle the matter himself.

PS I thought he just re-signed with the Brew Crew?

Runtime
3 years 6 months ago

Drama queen.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 6 months ago

Really… evil? Child killers are evil. This is a mild business inconvenience.

I’d respect KRod’s lawyer less if I had any respect at all for lawyers.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

Lionel Hutz: “Can you imagine a world without lawyers?”

*commences day dream of hippy peace and love*

*shudders*

NickinIthaca
3 years 6 months ago

 He’s the Scott Boras of the law world with that kind of hyperbole…

Karkat
3 years 6 months ago

Yes, attorneys. Duping a multi-millionaire major league baseball player into thinking he has a no-trade clause is TOTALLY the same as blowing up someone’s car with them in it.

This is just fantastic.

JR_Tolls1
3 years 6 months ago

I feel tempted to joke, but this is just too tragic

icedrake523
3 years 6 months ago

Only one way to solve this: cage match.

CitizenSnips
3 years 6 months ago

Money In The Bank

3 years 6 months ago

i believe k-rod is the first player in sports history to be pissed off about being traded to a playoff contender

3 years 6 months ago

Ego and Greed. Glad the Mets are done with him.

Just_Da_damaja
3 years 6 months ago

Ego and Greed. arent those nicknames for Jeff and Fred?

Just_Da_damaja
3 years 6 months ago

I believe k-rod is not the first player in sports history to be pissed off about losing leverage and money. 

3 years 6 months ago

K-Rod should “occupy” Miller Field! (oh wait, he’s one of the 1%…oops!)

jb226
3 years 6 months ago

No.  He’s not.

3 years 6 months ago

 beg to differ… 99% of MLB players are part of the 1%

3 years 6 months ago

 I dunno maybe like 40-60 percent of them. The stars for sure, but their earning power is only at its peak for a few years.

3 years 6 months ago

Even those making the league minimum are making ten times more than the average person…

3 years 6 months ago

 my point exactly Jeff!

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

In that they work and don’t choose to wave meaningless signs and live with rats maybe?

jb226
3 years 6 months ago

No.  He’s not.

3 years 6 months ago

Miller field? its miller park lol 

Blue387
3 years 6 months ago

Good riddance.

TimotheusATL
3 years 6 months ago

i feel like if k-rod was even remotely likeable, i might have some pity for him. oh well.

TimotheusATL
3 years 6 months ago

i feel like if k-rod was even remotely likeable, i might have some pity for him. oh well.

optionn
3 years 6 months ago

K-Rod is a nut case.  You got paid in arbitration this year-  keep your mouth shut and forget about the past.  Be politically correct so you can get paid like Pujols did even though he only cares about the money and puts on this front as being charitable.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 6 months ago

No I think he has a case and its not crazy. His agents didn’t look out for his best interests like they were obligated to.

It’s just the whole “evil” thing that I find riddiculous and frankly a creepy.

Crucisnh
3 years 6 months ago

I agree, purple.  I also think that it sounds like he has a case for poor representation and every right to pursue it.  That said, one thing that I might be concerned about if Krod was on my team was that such a case might affect his on-field performance due to a lack of focus.

Chillin_in_California
3 years 6 months ago

K-ROD. Just do the American thing and sue them

Mike1L
3 years 6 months ago

Sigh.  And I’m a lawyer…..

coreybishop
3 years 6 months ago

Sounds like the former group for Rodriguez is the real “K-Rod”

skoods
3 years 6 months ago

His analogy made me laugh though. 

3 years 6 months ago

He might be careful, Im sure his old agents know his real name and age.

3 years 6 months ago

He might be careful, Im sure his old agents know his real name and age.

mikefichera
3 years 6 months ago

“The attorney also says that If Rodriguez had been aware a no-trade provision was never filed during his career, he would have been much more open to signing an extension with the Mets.”

Anyone else confused by this? The Mets traded him in order to relieve salary and avoid that vesting option…why would they sign him to an extension?…and what would not having a no trade provision filed have to do with the Mets willingness to sign him again?

Crucisnh
3 years 6 months ago

Mike, I think that the point of the comment is that if Krod had known that he was more vulnerable to being traded than he’d presumed, he would have been more willing to soften his demands to the Mets.  I think that Krod was thinking that with the limited no trade clause, he had a stronger bargaining position than he really did.  So if he’d been aware that his bargaining position was weaker than he realized, he might have been more willing to find a compromise with the Mets.

Of course, that doesn’t guarantee that the Mets still wouldn’t have traded him.  But I can understand what Krod’s saying.