K-Rod Asking For Too Much?

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.