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New York Mets: Top ten worst free agent signings since 2000

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NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Luis Castillo #1 of the New York Mets runs to the dugout against the New York Yankees on June 13, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Luis Castillo #1 of the New York Mets runs to the dugout against the New York Yankees on June 13, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 04: Closer Francisco Rodriguez #75 of the New York Mets throws a kiss after getting the final out and the save against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 4, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Mets won 5-2. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

10) Francisco Rodriguez

A year after Edwin Diaz tied the record for the second most saves ever in a single season (57), the Mets traded for him. This is all too familiar because before the 2009 season after Francisco Rodriguez broke the all-time record for saves in a season with 62, the Metropolitans signed him to a 3 year, $37 million contract.

Rodriguez was grossly overpaid from the beginning, blowing 7 saves and tallying career worsts in ERA, WHIP, HR/9, BB/9, K/9, and strikeouts in 70 appearances in his first year.

The following season, Rodriguez was placed on the restricted list for a brief time after assaulting his girlfriend’s father at Citi Field.

In his last year in New York, Rodriguez was traded to the Brewers with cash for Danny Herrera and Adrian Rosario. Herrera pitched 8 relief innings for the Mets in 2011, never pitching in the major leagues again. Rosario never cracked a major league roster in the first place.

Rodriguez proceeded to dominate for the Brewers down the stretch posting a 1.86 ERA in 30 games, eventually helping them reach the National League Championship Series just to prove to the Mets he was holding back.

Ultimately, Rodriguez finished his tenure in Flushing with a 3.05 ERA and 83 saves. He wasn’t a bad reliever by any means. But, he certainly didn’t live up to the contract he was given and turned out to be an unnecessary expense on an already self-destructive team between 2009 and 2011.

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