Francisco Rodriguez, better known as K-Rod, pitched two-plus seasons for the Mets from 2009-2011 before being traded to the Brewers. In his time as a Met the fireballing right-hander experienced ups and downs both on and off the mound. According to Marc Carig of Newsday, that’s left the veteran reliever feeling like he has something left to prove to the people of New York.
Rodriguez, 32, said he hopes to “prove something to myself” by returning to the Mets, who signed him to a three-year, $37 million deal before the 2009 season before trading him during the 2011 campaign.
For the second straight off-season, the Mets entertained the idea of bringing back the Venezuela native, even offering him a major-league deal this past winter. When the Brewers trumped the Mets offer he returned to Milwaukee, and has had a very good season, tossing 30.1 innings, with a 2.08 ERA to go along with 19 saves and a K/9 north of 10.
However, all is not lost in regards to a reunion with his former club.
“I always keep my mind open,” Rodriguez said Wednesday. “I do really want to have the opportunity once again to come back here.”
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