The Milwaukee Brewers have been down this road several times before. It is February and Francisco Rodriguez is still on the market. Our own Kyle Lesniewski, wrote earlier about how the Brewers’ owner is continuing negotiations with K-Rod and that needs to stop. With plenty of options to close and some low-risk high-reward arms still on the market, the Brewers need to get out of the race and let the Miami Marlins have K-Rod for the 2015 season.
Earlier on Monday, CBSSports Jon Heyman, reported what has been known for awhile that both the Brewers and Marlins are said to have interest the embattled closer. Upon hearing this news, it is time for the Marlins make a move.
Throughout the first half of 2014 K-Rod was great. He saved 27 games, had an ERA of 2.58 and opposing batters had just a .190 batting average against him. The all-star closer looked as if he was back to being the dominant closers in the game. But then the second half happened.
During that second half, K-Rod pitched in 24 games and saw his post all-star game ERA rise to nearly four. Almost every important pitching stat rose as his numbers skyrocketed. Perhaps the most scary of all of his numbers were the 14 home runs allowed, which averaged out to 1.9 home runs per nine innings.
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It has been reported that Rodriguez is looking for a one-year deal worth $10 million dollars and there are better ways for the Brewers to spend their money than on a pitcher whose career appears to be trending downward. Not only do they have Jonathan Broxton on the roster, but they have other options to close in Chris Perez, Jim Henderson and Corey Knebel (who I view as the team’s 2016 closer). With options abound, it is time to root for the Marlins and hope to see them get the deal done soon.