Francisco Rodriguez may file either a grievance or a lawsuit against his former agents, claiming they deceived him, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Rodriguez’s attorney says his former agents at the Wasserman Group “committed negligence and turned it into a fraud case” by failing to file his no-trade list with the league. As a result, the Mets were able to deal Rodriguez to the Brewers, a team which was originally on the list.
In addition, Johnson said the Wasserman Group reneged on promising Rodriguez at least $1 million prior to a mediation hearing on the matter and also said “There’s long-term damage to his career. He wasn’t even in position to be marketed as a closer last winter.”
If Rodriguez had been aware that his no-trade list had not been filed with the league, he would have been much more willing to sign a contract extension with the Mets, Johnson said.
The Mets traded Rodriguez to the Brewers last July in exchange for Daniel Herrera and Adrian Rosario. His new agent, Scott Boras, later negotiated a $500,000 payout to Rodriguez in exchange of eliminating his $17.5 million vesting option for 2012. While he expected to serve as a part-time closer with the Brewers, he did not record a save while with Milwaukee last season.
Rodriguez became a free agent after the 2011 season but accepted the Brewers arbitration offer in December. He will return to Milwaukee as a setup man to John Axford in 2012.