Francisco Rodriguez says “of course” he’d consider signing with Mets as a free agent

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Francisco Rodriguez is on the verge of becoming a free agent and lots of non-Brewers media are covering the Brewers at this point, so naturally he was asked yesterday whether signing with the Mets is something he’d consider.

“Of course,” Rodriguez told David Lennon of New York Newsday. “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.”

Rodriguez won’t be re-signing with the Brewers, but his odds of rejoining the Mets seem almost as long. Not only would it be surprising if general manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins wanted anything to do with Rodriguez, the sheer number of veteran relievers available this offseason means the Mets will have plenty of options if they’re committed to filling the ninth inning with an experienced closer.

From Rodriguez’s point of view it makes sense not to rule out any suitors and he probably doesn’t quite realize the feelings he left behind in New York, but … well, it ain’t happening.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.