K-Rod says he hopes to stay a Met

May, 25, 2011
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Francisco Rodriguez said he would like to remain a Met for the remainder of this season, and 2012 and beyond as well.

"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."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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