Former Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, whose time in New York from 2009-2011 was marked by success on the mound (3.05 ERA and 10 K/9) and controversy off of it (an arrest due to a fist fight with his father-in-law at Citi Field), is attempting an unlikely comeback at the age of 38.
Rodriguez last pitched in the majors in 2017 with the Detroit Tigers.
"That is the goal," he told Venezuelan journalist Guillermo Arcay. "In spite of the fact that I'm seen as being advanced in age, that is the goal. The injuries and the ups and downs have slowed me down. But I have the conviction, the hunger and I am completely sure I can accomplish it. Many say it's impossible. Impossible was a child leaving the Barrio Kennedy and succeeding abroad."
While Rodriguez is confident, he knows he needs to prove himself all over again.
"But you must remember that I've been out a long time. I have a name, some numbers and a pedigree, but that doesn't assure me anything," he said. "I have to show that I am healthy and able to help a team."
Following back-to-back late-season collapses that resulted in them missing the playoffs in 2007 and 2008, the Mets signed Rodriguez to a three-year deal worth $37 million after a season where he saved 62 games for the Los Angeles Angels.
Rodriguez was an All-Star during his first season with the Mets in 2009, but his best seasons statistically with New York came in 2010 and 2011. The Mets were decimated by injuries in 2009 and underachieved in 2010 and 2011, as the team transitioned to a full rebuild it didn't emerge from until 2015.
Because of the Mets' struggles, they traded Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers in July of 2011.
Rodriguez, who has played with the Brewers, Baltimore Orioles, and Tigers since leaving the Mets, was an All-Star as recently as 2015.