2. Former Texas Rangers reliever Joely Rodriguez is struggling with the Mets
After putting up a 2.13 ERA in 12 games for the Texas Rangers in 2020, Joely Rodriguez entered 2021 as the team’s set-up man for former closer Ian Kennedy. He struggled in that capacity, posting a 5.93 ERA in 31 games for the Rangers in 2021. And yet? He managed to tag along with Joey Gallo to the Yankees last summer.
Rodriguez bounced back with New York, with a 2.84 ERA down the stretch. But after being traded to the crosstown rival Mets this past winter, he has reverted back to his struggling ways. The southpaw has a 5.14 ERA in 2022.
The Rangers probably wouldn’t have much use for a guy like Rodriguez in 2022, and definitely not with the numbers he has to this point, but the fact that Texas was able to shed him last season in that Gallo trade is nothing short of mastery.