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Rodriguez wants to close again ... for Mets?

The Sports Xchange

Reliever Francisco Rodriguez, who was traded by the Mets to the Brewers at the All-Star break, returned to Citi Field on Friday to find a large gathering of media waiting to speak to him.

Rodriguez was asked if it was difficult to accept being a setup man for John Axford after years of being a top closer.

"I haven't accepted it yet," he said. "When I came here, I was told that I'd be closing games. I haven't had any opportunities, but it's a good thing because 'Ax' has been terrific. He's got something nice going on right now.

"I didn't want to come here and try to mess up their chemistry. I try to fit in with them as nice as possible. Whenever my opportunity comes, just get the job done. Be patient."

Asked what he expects in the offseason as a free agent, Rodriguez said, "I wish I had a crystal ball to let me know what's going to happen two or three months from now. This is a difficult business.

"As far as being a free agent, I don't know where that's going to take me, how long it's going to take me, where I'm going to end up. Just sit tight and wait and see what's going to happen."

Though Axford's continued brilliance has kept Rodriguez in a setup role, Rodriguez made it clear he fully expects to close again for some club in the future.

"I've done it for many years," he said. "Teams know what I am capable of doing. That hasn't crossed my mind at all. I've just got to see what's going to happen to me."

Rodriguez even said he'd consider returning to the Mets should they show interest in him on the free agent market.

"I understand this is a business," he said. "They did what they felt they had to do. But the door is always open. I'm not the kind of person to burn bridges because they traded me. Definitely, I have an open mind to come here again."

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