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Is New York ready for Round Two of K-Rod?
Update: July 5
Andy Martino from the Daily News says that an unnamed veteran in the Mets' clubhouse is against the idea of bringing K-Rod back into the fold. "“Despite what guys might say publicly, I think there is too much baggage there. Why would you go there?”
For all of the positive things that we've heard from players and coaches about the Mets' clubhouse this season, I can't imagine that Sandy Alderson would risk upsetting things by bringing K-Rod back.
As reported by Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the Mets are said to have interest in bringing back former closer Francisco Rodriguez to shore up the back-end of their beleaguered bullpen.
Rodriguez, who has a 4.00 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 8 K/9 ratio in 37 games for the Brewers this year, was the Mets' closer from 2009 through just after the All-Star break in 2011, when he was dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers for right-hander Adrian Rosario and lefty Danny Herrera.
As a Met, K-Rod posted a 3.05 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and a 10 K/9 ratio while saving 83 games. He also served as a major distraction in the clubhouse, getting himself arrested in 2010 after attacking his father-in-law in front of his teammates and their families.
Serving primarily as a setup man for the Brewers, K-Rod has posted a 3.05 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 9.0 K/9 ratio in 70 games.
A free agent after the season, Rodriguez isn't likely to command much in the way of prospects to re-acquire from the Brew Crew, who have seemingly come to the realization that 2012 just isn't their year.
Is This A Good Idea?
The Mets' bullpen has been the worst in baseball, posting a 4.93 ERA and 1.48 WHIP, blowing 13 saves and allowing opposing batters to post a .265/.337/.414 batting line.
Sure, K-Rod is a risky proposition, more for the unrest he could bring to an otherwise fantastic clubhouse than anything else.
But there's no arguing against trying to stop the bleeding in the bullpen, and perhaps a move back to the bright lights of New York would re-invigorate the 30-year-old free agent-to-be.