June 24th, 2011
“If I am going to be traded, obviously I want the opportunity to close out games, but if it’s going to be good teams like the Yankees or the Rays, and it’s going to be for two months, I can go out there and help them out. I mean I would definitely love to stay here, but I have to be open to every possibility out there right now.”-Francisco Rodriguez
July 12, 2011
“Francisco Rodriguez is a historic closer. He’s not going anywhere to be a setup man. Closers don’t make good setup men. Does anyone want an unhappy setup man in their clubhouse?”-Scott Boras
I knew this was coming as soon as I read that K-Rod was switching over to the gentile, warm, loving, and easy to work with Scott Boras.
So why not try this angle?
ME: Scott, I understand your position on Francisco and I respect it. But, maybe you go at this a whole different way.
BORAS (in robotic tone of voice): I’m listening.
ME: Convince Francisco to accept a trade to a team looking for a setup man.
BORAS: Laughing in robotic way with shoulders moving straight up and down slightly.
ME: Hear me out. Everyone is a winner this way. Let’s face it, Francisco is in a bit of a need of an image overhaul after beating up an old man in our clubhouse. This would show a kinder, gentler, side of Franky. It also shows he is a team player.
As far as your concerned, it would show that you have the capability to play ball with ownership every once in a while. This will show the other teams that you are a reasonable man and not just after the highest dollar. It shows that you care about what is in the best interest of your client.
BORAS (in robotic tone): This does not compute.
Well, at least I gave it the old college try.