SAN FRANCISCO -- Francisco Rodriguez takes some satisfaction in how he has patched together his personal life after the family-room incident at Citi Field nearly a year ago. Next up is straightening out his future on the field, which probably explains his involvement with agent Scott Boras.
K-Rod refused to confirm an MLB.com report that said he has switched to Boras from agent Paul Kinzer, saying only that it wasn't the "right time" for any announcements. Kinzer said Sunday in a text message that he has not heard from Rodriguez, a not-so-subtle indication that a move likely is under way.
"Personally, I feel really happy," Rodriguez said before Sunday night's game. "I think I took a huge step to try and find some stability in my life. I can say I have that now. The other side, the professional side, I have to find a way to block out the distractions."
Manny Ramirez hired Boras during the winter leading to his walk season, and the two option years left on his contract -- worth $20 million each -- were waived to facilitate his trade to the Dodgers. Ramirez later signed a two-year, $45-million extension with L.A.
Rodriguez has a $17.5-million vesting option for 2012, and with 34 games already finished, he's well on pace to reaching the 55 needed. That makes K-Rod difficult to trade. General manager Sandy Alderson said K-Rod's salary is on his planning board for next season but added, "That board is erasable."
Ike Davis is running without difficulty in Arizona and Alderson hopes to have him in New York next weekend to begin baseball activity . . . Johan Santana is expected to face batters soon after "encouraging" bullpen sessions last week. "We'll try to get a little more precise over the next week," Alderson said . . . The Mets will start R.A. Dickey against the Phillies to open the second half, followed by Jonathon Niese and Mike Pelfrey.