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Tigers, Cardinals Favorites For K-Rod

According to the Boston Globe, the Tigers are already to most aggressive suitors for Francisco Rodriguez, who notched his 55th save today. Rodriguez is in line for the Cy Young Award, and is already a shoe-in for the 2008 Rolaids Relief Award. One AL GM told me that "[The Tigers] are making it known they want a top of line closer. By not naming names, they avoid a tampering suit." Don't assume the Tigers are for sure going to land Rodriguez. Owners would like to see Dombrowksi dump some payroll before they make a big investment in a closer. That would give the Cardinals plenty of time to make a move on K-Rod.

The Cardinals are also reportedly planning to pursue Francisco Rodriguez. It would make sense for Rodriguez to go the National League if he wanted to make his stats even better, but he will probably choose the highest bidder. At this point, Rodriguez is looking at at least fifteen million dollars annually over five or six years.