Could K-Rod Return to the Mets?

by kelly on July 3, 2012

The Brewers still have not committed to either buying or selling at the deadline, but speculation remains that they will sell and reliever Francisco Rodriguez is one of the most likely to move. Today the New York Post speculated that K-Rod could return to the Mets as they look to upgrade their bullpen.

Rodriguez, 30, signed a three-year contract with the Mets before the 2009 season, but they traded him to Milwaukee as a payroll dump move in 2011, and he helped the Brewers win their division as a set-up man. He then re-signed with Milwaukee on one-year deal for 2012.

This season, Rodriguez is 1-4 with a 4.00 ERA in 39 relief appearances. He has struck out 32 batters in 36 innings.

At 43-37, the Mets are in second place in the N.L. East and one half game back of a Wild Card spot. They are dead last in MLB in ERA in the 7th inning and later, so bullpen help would go a long way to helping shore up a problem spot.

The Brewers are 37-42, which is in fourth place in the N.L. Central and six games back of a Wild Card spot. Milwaukee is expected to make a decision on selling after the All Star break, especially if they can’t come to an agreement on an extension with ace starter Zack Greinke.

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