For the past few months, the Milwaukee Brewers have been seeking bullpen help, particularly a reliever with closing experience. And with a week until Brewers’ pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, the search is still ongoing.
The Brewers are rumored to be interested in former Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol, but Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says a reunion with former Brewer Francisco Rodriguez is possible.
I hear #Brewers still kicking tires on some of relief pitchers on market, waiting for prices to drop. Wouldn’t stun me if K-Rod comes back.
— Tom (@Haudricourt) February 5, 2014
After being traded from the New York Mets in 2011, Rodriguez, 32, struggled during his first full season with the Crew in 2012. He blew seven saves on his way to a career-high 4.38 ERA in 78 appearances.
But luckily, the Brewers brought him back the following season. He boasted a 1.09 ERA in 25 games before the Brewers shipped him off to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for third baseman Nicky Delmonico.
Signing Rodriguez to a cheap contract not only adds another proven reliever to a relatively young bullpen, but it also provides the Brewers a safety net if incumbent closer Jim Henderson falters.
Rodriguez has 304 saves in his career.