PHOENIX -- Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has switched agents from Paul Kinzer to Scott Boras, according to an industry source.
Rodriguez, who signed a three-year, $37 million free-agent contract prior to the 2009 season, will vest a $17.5 million contract option for 2012 if he finishes 55 games this season, a mark he is on pace to surpass. For that reason, Rodriguez ranks among the Mets most likely to be traded prior to this month's non-waiver deadline. An acquiring team could use Rodriguez as a setup man, thereby avoiding his option.
Entering Saturday, Rodriguez, 29, has converted 23 saves in 26 chances this season with a 3.16 ERA.
Boras, who already represents Mets players Carlos Beltran and Mike Pelfrey, made news when he talked to shortstop Jose Reyes earlier this year. But Reyes, who will be a free agent at season's end, opted to stay with representatives Peter and Ed Greenberg and Chris Leible.