PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Francisco Rodriguez expressed interest in returning to the Mets, though a team source said Wednesday that a reunion remains unlikely.
"To come back and redeem myself would be great, because I've got to be realistic and honest,'' Rodriguez told mlb.com. "You would have to be real blind to not see that I fell when I was there. That's not even a question. To be able to get one more shot and get it done would be great.''
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Rodriguez, who was at Tradition Field Wednesday as part of Venezuela's national team, is a free agent. The 31-year-old racked up 83 saves with the Mets from 2009 to 2011 and was named an All-Star.
But Rodriguez's tenure also was marked by controversy, including an infamous physical altercation with a family member after a game at Citi Field.
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