Though speculation earlier had projected free agent pitcher Francisco Rodriguez to seek an $80 million, five-year contract with the Mets, indications are that the world financial crisis may have lowered his expectations.
The former Los Angeles Angels closer has curtailed negotiations with the Mets and other teams until Major League baseball winter meetings commence Dec. 15, according to a recent report by KFI Radio 1070 in Los Angeles. Though K-Rod still desires a five-year deal, the radio report indicated his bottom line now appears closer to $50 million -- a $30 million discount compared with earlier expectations.
Though Rodriguez saved 62 games with 77 strikeouts in 68.3 innings last year for the Angels, the team is expected to replace him with rising hurler Jose Arredondo, who permitted only 65 baserunners in 61 innings.
In addition to the Mets, the Indians and Tigers are expected to compete for Rodriguez's services once the meetings begin.