Francisco Rodriguez insisted he wants to remain a Met and said a published report Friday incorrectly made it sound like he would be content being elsewhere, such as with the Yankees as Mariano Rivera's set-up man.
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"Everything I said got taken a different way," Rodriguez said before Friday's series opener in Texas. "In the beginning of the interview, I said, 'I don't really want to go nowhere else. I want to stay here with the Mets.' And then, if they trade me ... I never said they're going to trade me. They put it out there a different way that got me really mad and irritated, because it's not really the message that I was trying to send to the people out there who were reading the article today."
K-Rod was quoted in the Daily News saying: "If I am going to be traded, obviously I want the opportunity to close out games. But if it's going to be good teams like the Yankees or the Rays, and it's going to be for two months, I can go out there and help them out." K-Rod did add in the article: "I mean, I would definitely love to stay here." He indicated he was not aware of which teams were listed on his 10-team no-trade clause.
Terry Collins said he is "very, very confident" K-Rod's head and heart are with the Mets.
"Frankie told me about the story," Collins said. "I did not read the story, but he told me about it. He did say he wanted to stay here, but if he was traded, he would like to go to a contender. Make no mistake about it, that is where he would go if someone would trade him. But I have no problems with Frankie having any distractions. As I've said before, being in the position that he's at as a closer, those guys block out things. They're able to do it. It's a different mindset than other people."
As for the trade issue in general, Collins said: "That's the constant question: Here we are, it's coming up on July and you think you're going to get traded because you make a lot of money. Well, we go 4-2 on this road trip and we stay in the hunt and I'm not sure anybody is going anywhere.
"This whole 16 days -- we've got 13 road games in the next 16 days before the break -- I'd say they're pretty important. When we came out of the break, in the second half, we actually thought we'd have Ike [Davis] and David [Wright] ready. It looks like we'll probably have David, but we aren't going to have Ike, and I'm not sure when Johan [Santana] is going to be ready. But we'll get another piece of the big picture back in the lineup. We've still got plans to get everybody on the same page in the second half and hopefully make a run at it, because our pitching has been great. If we can continue to make the lineup better where we can score for them a little more, we'll win some games."