Relief Pitcher: Mets offer K-Rod a 2-yr Deal

In an appearance tonight on SNY, SI.com’s Jon Heyman said the Mets offered Francisco Rodriguez a two-year deal, with a third-year option, at roughly $12 million per season.

Earlier today, on MetsBlog.com, I wrote the following:

“According to people connected to the team, the Mets believe they can sign Rodriguez to a three-year deal before the end of the week.  However, there is also a chance Rodriguez could agree to a two-year deal, with a third-year player option.”

Heyman says, due to the economy, the Mets feel maybe they can get a bargain, ‘though I don’t expect him to take it.’

According to Heyman, it should take at least a three-year deal to sign Rodriguez.

as i said earlier, i still believe the deal will be three years as well, with a fourth-year option, as most people have been suggesting…i mean, if K-Rod ever dropped to that two-year level, i have to think other teams will get involved, like the Tigers and Brewers…unless, of course, the Mets up the per-year salary, which would be creative

Update, 6:42 PM:

In a post to his blog for Newsday, David Lennon says Rodriguez was recently spotted in the lobby of the Bellagio speaking with Mets VP Tony Bernazard.

According to Lennon, “When approached by reporters, K-Rod said the Mets told him not to talk about their discussions.”

Lennon and Heyman will appear on tonight’s 7 pm edition of Mets Hot Stove on SNY, as will Matt Yalloff’s footage from the lobby of the Bellagio in Las Vegas.