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The Padres are considering Francisco Rodriguez as a replacement for Heath Bell

Dec 7, 2011, 12:16 AM EST

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Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday reports that the Padres are considering Francisco Rodriguez as a potential replacement for Heath Bell, who recently signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Marlins.

Davidoff hears that they are also speaking with “pretty much all” of the other available free agent closer-types, so it’s hard to tell if their interest is all that serious. They’ll probably end up with someone, but remember that the Padres at least have two promising internal candidates for the ninth inning in Luke Gregerson and Ernesto Frieri.

With closing opportunities beginning to dry up around MLB, K-Rod is faced with an interesting dilemma over the next 24 hours. He could earn a raise from the $11 million he made this season if he accepts arbitration from the Brewers, but he would potentially be stuck in a set-up role again. For what it’s worth, MLB Network’s Peter Gammons reported Tuesday night that he plans to decline arbitration.

  1. dirtdog7 - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:51 AM

    With the number of these closing jobs shrinking, here’s hoping that the Red Sox are able to land one of these closers at a discount, similar to how the Tigers held out and landed Valverde in January a couple years back.

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