MILWAUKEE -- If the Mets knew back in June they would be in the market for a closer again this winter, Francisco Rodriguez might be home right now instead of pitching for the Brewers in the NLCS.
Maybe Mets general manager Sandy Alderson would have worked harder with K-Rod's former agent, Paul Kinzer, to drop his $17.5-million vesting option and cobble together an extension that made sense for both sides. "We tried, but we couldn't get it done," Rodriguez said Sunday. "I guess it worked out better at this point."
Instead, those talks collapsed, Rodriguez dropped Kinzer for Scott Boras and the Mets quickly traded him to Milwaukee, where he struck out two during his scoreless eighth inning Sunday in the Brewers' 9-6 victory over the Cardinals in Game 1 at Miller Park.
"I'm winning and they needed pretty much to get rid of me," Rodriguez said. "It's as simple as that."
When asked if he would ever consider the Mets again, Rodriguez, who is headed for free agency, nodded. "Of course," he said. "I don't have no hard feelings for nobody. They did what they had to do. They needed to unload a lot of money and I was making too much money. But you never know what's going to happen one year from now, two years from now."
As he awaits free agency, Rodriguez has both of his houses in New York and California on the market. He won't be staying in Milwaukee, and Rodriguez says he has no preference for his next stop -- only that he's the closer.
"After the storm, the sun came out for me, finally," he said. "That's what I was waiting for, to put behind me a lot of the negative stuff and be able to enjoy the game once again."