Thursday, June 26, 2008
With arguably the best closer in the game living up to his reputation, one would figure the Angels would already be working on a deal to lock up Francisco Rodriguez long term. Not so fast. There is talk to K-Rod could be asking for a four year deal upwards of 60 million. While it is not unusual for a top-flight starter to make 15 million dollars, paying that much for a closer is nearly unheard of. This begs the question, how much is too much for a reliever? Obviously having a great closer is important, but if your closer is taking up 1/8 or more of your teams' payroll, that money may be better spent somewhere else.