K-Rod is currently on pace to surpass the 55 games finished clause in his contract, and if he does, it’ll trigger a $17.5 million vesting options, something the Mets shouldn’t be too fond of paying, especially if the hope of resigning Jose Reyes is still there (And I hope it is.).
Rodriguez is currently No. 2 on Jon Heyman’s list of pitchers most likely to be dealt at the deadline, saying, “The Mets are extremely likely to move the still-productive closer, but the one big question is whether any team looking for a closer will take him with that option alive.”
This being the case, if the Mets find a potential deal that would be worthwhile enough to let go of K-Rod, the closer has already told the team he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause saying, "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."
The more that this occasion seems to be a reality in the near future, the more thought Mets manager Terry Collins will need to put into finding K-Rod’s eventual successor.
Logic says that the Mets should fill the hole with an in-house candidate, and assuming that reasoning is true, here are the top five in-house nominees to replace Francisco Rodriguez when and if he gets traded at the 2011 MLB Trade Deadline.