The major league leader in saves said he plans to file for free agency after the season, according to multiple media reports Monday. K-Rod added he hadn't ruled out re-signing with the Angels but that he wanted to consider offers from other teams first.
"I'm going to go out there and explore the market," Rodriguez told the Los Angeles Times. "They had six years. They didn't get anything done with me.
"If I wait six years, why not wait another two and a half months?"
This news isn't exactly coming out of left field for the Angels as the two sides failed to agree on a long-term deal last winter. Rodriguez said in February that the 2008 season was "probably" his last in L.A.
Several days after that statement, the Angels beat the All-Star closer in a salary arbitration case. Rodriguez is receiving $10 million this season rather than his request for $12.5 million.
Rodriguez owns a 2.36 ERA and has blown just three saves in 41 chances this season. He told the L.A. Times those numbers are his focus for right now.
"They're still paying me to do my job," Rodriguez said. "I still have to get my job done, and whatever happens, happens."
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.