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Last but not least, Francisco Rodriguez is someone else the Mets could turn to, even though they recently traded him to the Brewers last July.
With John Axford as the Brewers' closer of the future and the team likely to either re-sign Prince Fielder or pursue a premier hitter to replace him, it's almost guaranteed that Rodriguez will not be wearing a Brewers uniform in 2012.
As a result, Rodriguez will now be a free agent again, and although the Mets are unlikely to pursue him for a second time, particularly because of the money he will want, don't rule anything out.
Rodriguez is still one of the best closers in baseball, and he is likely to start hitting his prime as he turns just 30 this coming January. This could be a high-risk/high-reward option for the Mets, but if all goes well, the Mets could definitely benefit by having Rodriguez anchoring the bullpen once again.