Should the Mets Welcome Francisco Rodriguez Back?

Yesterday the Mets played an exhibition against Team Venezuela and Francisco Rodriguez got to talking about his old team, telling Andy Martino, “I failed when I was there (in NY). To be able to get one more shot, to go back & get it done, that would be great.”

August 13, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (57) delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies won 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a below-average 2012, K-Rod has had difficulties finding work as a free agent. In 78 games with the Brewers last year Frankie went 2-7 with three saves and 10 blown saves. Those numbers are UGLY, but on the flip side he did have a 4.38 ERA, 3.73 xFIP, 32 holds, and struckout a batter per inning. Outside of the losses and blown saves it is not too bad of a season and a hell of a lot better than 90 percent of pitchers in the Mets bullpen last year.

With the volatility of Frank Francisco and unknowns surrounding Bobby Parnell, it probably wouldn’t be the worst baseball move to bring K-Rod aboard. Even with the addition of Brandon Lyon and others, the Mets bullpen most likely will not be all that great. However, at the same time I worry if K-Rod really is the best thing for the locker room. There is a reason he remains unsigned when awful pitchers find work without issue.

If I am the Mets I find out how much K-Rod really wants to come back and lowball him an offer. If he is willing to take a cheap, one-year deal to “redeem” himself well then great, and if he isn’t then no harm done.

Topics: Baseball, Francisco Rodriguez, MLB, New York Mets

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