Well, K-Rod came out and said what we all thought he would - that he will opt to test the free agency waters this winter.
He will NOT try to reach a deal with the Halos on an extension and his quote is a little pissy...
"I'm going to go out there and explore the market," Rodriguez said. "They had six years. They didn't get anything done with me.
Because he has so many saves this year, he is going to get a HUGE contract for 2009-2013. But, one reason he has so many saves this season has as much to do with the pathetic offense of the Angels as it does with K-Rod's performance.
In fact, his K/9 rate is down to about 9.0. It is usually in the 11.5-12.5 range. Also, his walk rate is up a bit too. He has walked nearly as many batters this season (26) in 42 innings as he walked in 2006 (28) in 73 innings.
Batters are getting better at laying off that nasty slider and his continued drop in velocity (down to 92-93 now) has made him more hittable. He will be looking for $15-18 million a year this offseason and will get it - but the trend in his stats is a little worrisome.
He is still really, really good. But his rate stats are going in the wrong direction.
Here is the article...