Monday, February 18, 2008

K-Rod implies 2008 his last year with Halos. Francisco Rodriguez is not pleased with the fact that he must enter an arbitration hearing with the Angels over this year's salary. When asked if this meant K-Rod would be wearing another uniform next season - he enters free agency in 2009 - the closer replied, "Yeah, probably...if they wanted me here they would have done something a long time ago." Rodriguez asked for $12.5 million this year and the Angels countered with an offer of $10 million. As far as its bearing on the New York Yankees, K-Rod's departure may not make the Bronx a likely landing spot. Mariano Rivera would have to show a sharp decline in 2008 and be willing to move to the setup role in 2009. Those are big ifs to consider, especially for the 26 year-old Rodriguez who collected 40 saves, a 2.81 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 67 innings-pitched.

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