In a piece on ESPN.com, Tim Kurkjian counts down the top ten off-season story lines. Francisco Rodriguez his the list at number six. Kurkjian opines that the Mets and Tigers make the most sense, due to their mutual need for help at closer. He then goes on to say that "it doesn't appear that the Mets are willing to give K-Rod the money and years that he'll be looking for." He doesn't say word one about what I thought had been overtly iterated by Dombrowski--that the Tigers are equally unwilling to shell out the necessary cash on the free agent market this off-season.
So I'll go ahead and give the rumor mill a big shove to get it going at warp speed. Maybe we will be involved in the bidding war on K-Rod!
Really, this is speculation of gargantuan proportions, but it sure piqued my curiosity that Kurkjian didn't say the Tigers weren't interested.
Also, as a side note, and number three on Kurkjian's list, I'm intent on finding out CC Sabathia's new home. It's hilarity to me that the Yanks are desperate to sign him (and they better well fail, or it'll turn from hilarity to blinding fury), despite the fact that he's indicated his desire to settle on the West coast nearer his California home, and despite his willingness to at least listen to small-market Milwaukee's offer. My secret wish is that Illich would empty his pockets and sign him, but I know that's only fantasy baseball at its finest. So, I'll be content to see him sign with anyone but the dreaded Yanks.