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Jason Isringhausen only would want to be traded to Cardinals

Former Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen has told Mets general manager Sandy Alderson that the only place he would like to be traded would be to St. Louis.

But the Brighton native told the New York Daily News that he hold no allusions about a Redbirds re-union.

"I have two places in my heart," Izzy told the Daily News. "St. Louis, because I'm from there, and New York, because this is where I started. Those are my two favorite spots, and I don't think I'm going back to St. Louis any time soon."

Isringhausen, 38, is one of several Mets players including outfielder Carlos Beltran and closer Francisco Rodriguez, believed to be on the trading block as New York starts the process of re-shaping itself for 2012 and beyond.

While the Cardinals certainly could use some bullpen help, Izzy apparently is still smarting from the Ryan Franklin-like exit he had from the Redbirds in 2008. After struggling since 2006 with injuries and a rash of blown saves, he became the target of boo birds.

In 2009 Izzy signed with Tampa Bay but managed only eight innings before losing the rest of the season to injury. He didn't play in the majors in 2010. With the Mets, he's 1-0 with a 3.14 ERA with 21 hits and 13 walks in 28 innings pitched.