Francisco Rodriguez would return, Mets not ruling it out

According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, a team official said the Mets would consider bringing back Francisco Rodriguez, adding, “We haven’t ruled anything out.”

However, a second official told Marchand that, while such a move is possible, it is not “probable.”

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Michael Baron says “Yes, they need a closer, but like so many other players over the last few years, it’s time for the Mets to move past K-Rod. I see the Mets in the market for guys like Brad Lidge and Jonathan Broxton; guys who have a high upside but come with baggage. These guys come with a recent history of injury problems, but they will likely come at a lower price than someone like K-Rod or Heath Bell and can have equal output and reliability, should they remain healthy.”

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Original Post, 7:19 am: 

I don’t have no hard feelings for nobody. They did what they had to do. They needed to unload a lot of money and I was making too much money. But you never know what’s going to happen one year from now, two years from now.”

~ Francisco Rodriguez (quoted by Newsday)

In addition, according to David Lennon of Newsday, Rodriguez said he has no preference in a potential landing spot; but only that he is a closer.

Since being traded to the Brewers, Rodriguez assumed the ‘eighth-inning role. He pitched a scoreless inning during Milwaukee’s 9-6 victory over the Cardinals last night in game one of the NLCS.

During his tenure with the Mets, Rodriguez recorded 83 saves in 165 appearances with a 3.05 ERA. For his career, Rodriguez is 36-27 with a 2.51 ERA and 291 saves.

Earlier in the season, Sandy Alderson stated he may go outside the organization to find the clubs closer for 2012.

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For a list of potential free-agent closers, click here.

To read Lennon’s entire report on Rodriguez for Newsday, click here.