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?