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Melvin said Rodriguez’s velocity isn’t where it was a few years ago, but he’s still an effective pitcher who gets strikeouts and ground balls.

Melvin, who was walking to Starbucks in Chicago on Tuesday morning when he got a call from Mets general manager Sandy Alderson proposing the trade, said he would have regretted walking away from the chance to acquire Rodriguez if the Brewers end up having more injuries in their bullpen.

And Melvin didn’t want to wait for the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline to get closer.

“If you wait, there’s no guarantees you’ll get somebody,” Melvin said. “And sometimes when you wait longer, it’s reactionary. You make a deal because other clubs made a deal.”

That said, Melvin might not be done dealing.

“We’re still open to adding someone,” Melvin said.