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The Mets haven’t ruled out signing Ivan Rodriguez…or have they?

Feb 28, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com was told by multiple Mets’ sources that a deal with Rodriguez is unlikely. In fact, one source told him: “We are not bringing Ivan here.” The club appears content to go with Mike Nickeas or Rob Johnson as Josh Thole‘s backup.

6:48 PM: 40-year-old Ivan Rodriguez is still out there looking for work and though a signing doesn’t sound imminent, he does have one potential lead.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, a Mets official spoke with Ivan Rodriguez as recently as 10 days ago and the club “hasn’t ruled out the possibility” of signing him a backup to Josh Thole. As of now, Mike Nickeas is the favorite for the spot.

The Mets have roughly $2 million left in their budget, according to Puma, but they want to make sure that Johan Santana is healthy before making any more moves. If Santana has any setbacks with his surgically-repaired shoulder this spring, they will likely try to add a starting pitcher. In the meantime, the Mets have told Rodriguez to “stay in shape.”

Rodriguez batted .218/.281/.323 with two home runs, 19 RBI and a .604 OPS over 137 plate appearances last season with the Nationals while throwing out 52 percent (13-for-25) of attempted basestealers. He is 166 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.

  1. cool10857 - Feb 28, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Hey Mets, go get a pitcher because you know Santana is going to break down this season. By the way, you’ll be lucky to have any sellouts this season except for opening day and the Yankee series. Attendance will be way down this year. Fred Wilpon, you suck. Sell the team.

  2. randygnyc - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Mets are guaranteed to have sell outs most of the season (when their is a wilpon in the house).

  3. rob0527 - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    The Mets are only selling out Yankee series, and opening day if they r lucky. The Yankee series tickets will be bought up by Yankee fans.

  4. cool10857 - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    The only Met sellouts are the Wilpons. They sold this team out from the fans. It is going to be a bad season. Just sell the team, please you assholes.

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