ESPN Jason Stark's latest says the list of teams for a premium closer like Francisco Rodriguez is short. The Mets, Indians, Brewers, Rangers, Tigers and maybe the Cardinals are all looking to fill voids at closer.
The other teams are not interested in spending a lot of money, especially for K-Rod because there are so many closers available at this point. He lists besides K-Rod, there is Brian Fuentes, Trevor Hoffman, Kerry Wood, Jason Isringhausen, Brandon Lyon, Eric Gagne and Juan Cruz.
There's also Chad Cordero, who is coming off shoulder surgery and is iffy for Opening Day. Also, potentially available on the trade market: J.J. Putz, Bobby Jenks, George Sherrill, Huston Street, Jose Valverde and Matt Capps.
He also says that teams are cutting back and using in-house alternatives. For example, the Angels are probably going with a rookie, Jose Arredondo. The Padres let Trevor Hoffman go so they can make way for Heath Bell. The Cardinals let Jason Isringhausen go and might go with either Chris Perez or Jason Motte, if they decide not to sign a closer.
All which makes you think that the price for K-Rod and others to drop. Stark has heard rumblings about K-Rod getting offered 4 years between $50-55 Million. But the Mets don't want to offer four years to any closer and according to one source it was called, "The Deal Breaker"
The same source says he was told that, despite talk that the Mets prefer to fill that role with a free agent, if Seattle were to put J.J. Putz on the market, he would go to the top of the Mets' list.