The New York Mets, currently sitting second in the National League East, are interested in trading for Milwaukee Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez, who was arrested at Citi Field while on the Mets in 2010, reports the New York Post‘s Ken Davidoff.
In that infamous incident, K-Rod was arrested after allegedly punching his father-in-law in the family lounge of the Mets’ clubhouse.
K-Rod’s nearly three seasons with New York were relatively solid on the mound but sometimes controversial off the field. In 2009, his first season with the team, Rodriguez and New York Yankees pitcher Brian Bruney had to be separated before a game in June. A month later, Rodriguez argued with Mets official Tony Bernazard on the team bus.
In May 2010, about three months before the incident with his father-in-law, Rodriguez argued with bullpen coach Randy Niemann while getting ready to enter a game.
Rodriguez pitched relatively well for the Mets, though he was never as dominant as he had been for the Angels. He had led the American League in saves three times while with Los Angeles. For the Mets, Rodriguez’s best season was 2010, when he went 4-2 with a 2.20 ERA and 25 saves.
The following summer, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers and excelled as the team’s set-up man. He has stayed in that role this season with less success. K-Rod is 1-4 with a 4.00 ERA in 39 appearances this season.
But he could still be valuable to the Mets as another veteran arm for the team as it tries to work its way into the postseason. New York’s bullpen has struggled and, as Davidoff noted, the low asking price for Rodriguez could make it a worthwhile risk for the Mets to take.