K-Rod suing previous agents?

Mark J. Miller
February 20, 2012

Francisco Rodriguez thought he had a clause in his contract that would keep him from being traded to 10 teams, but then he was dealt to one of them, the Milwaukee Brewers, last summer and it was discovered that no such paperwork had ever been filed. Now K-Rod may be getting ready to sue his former agents, Paul Kinzer and Arn Tellem, over the dispute, USA Today reports.

The two sides met last week to try and work out a settlement, but to no avail, the paper notes.

"They did something atrocious," Rodriguez's attorney, Richard Johnson, said, the paper reports. "Their arrogance makes this so evil. It's like rear-ending somebody but instead of stopping your car and trading insurance information they blew up the car and ran away. They committed negligence and turned it into a fraud case."

Bert Deixler, an attorney representing the Wasserman Group, where Tellem and Kinzer work, not surprisingly, disagreed with Johnson's assessment: "This is a fee dispute," Deixler said, according to USA Today. "The no-trade-list issue is a red rerring. We promised to keep confidential what has occurred, will occur in mediation, and we think it is proper for us to keep that promise."

The 30-year-old Rodriguez, who has the fourth most saves of any active pitcher with 291 to his name, will remain in the setup role with the Brewers this season with John Axford in the role as closer.

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