Francisco Rodriguez said he would like to remain a Met for the remainder of this season, and 2012 and beyond as well.
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"I would like to stay here," K-Rod said after the Mets' 7-4 rain-shortened win against the Cubs. "Sometimes people think I just want to jump to another ship. In this case, it's not. I'd rather stay here all the way. And if not [just] this year, hopefully the door is open to one more year, or two more years. But definitely it's not on my mind to leave."
K-Rod has a 10-team no-trade clause. He also has a vesting option for 2012 that kicks in at $17.5 million with 55 games finished. Otherwise, he receives a $3.5 million buyout.
"One thing is to think about it. Another thing is just to do it," Rodriguez said about potentially waiving his rights in order to make a trade possible. "I'm not going to make any commitment about it."
Does K-Rod think the team's tight payroll will affect whether he is dealt?
"That's a hard question right there, because honestly I don't know what to tell you about that," Rodriguez said. "Honestly, I have no idea what's the flexibility going to be for next year's payroll. ... Whether something is going to happen or not, it's not up to me."