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Brewers reach minor league deal with Francisco Rodriguez

Apr 17, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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From Brewers director of media relations Mike Vassallo comes word that the Brewers have reached agreement on a minor league contract with free agent right-hander Francisco Rodriguez.

K-Rod passed his pre-signing physical on Wednesday morning at the Brewers’ spring training complex in Maryvale, Arizona.

The 31-year-old posted a rough 4.38 ERA across 72 innings last season for the Brew Crew and failed to attract many offers on the open market this winter. But the Brewers’ bullpen has been awful in the early going and they’re suddenly desperate for depth.

Rodriguez will probably spend a few weeks at extended spring training, but he could eventually be tried at closer in Milwaukee if John Axford is unable to get on track and Jim Henderson can’t handle the job either. K-Rod owns a 2.70 career ERA, a 1.18 career WHIP and 294 career saves in 11 major league seasons.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    For some reason, I think that Francisco should have been signed by the Giants.

    • tonyc920 - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      I was somewhat surprised he went unsigned. He brings baggage but hopefully going unsigned was a humiliating experience for him. Just shut up, throw the ball, and be a good teamate.
      If it doesn’t work out, they release him with little invested.

  2. gwhempel - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Low risk/high reward. Why not?

    Hopefully he can keep anger under control this time around. I think most of us in Milwaukee are sick of the off-the-field nonsense that’s been surrounding this team lately.

  3. tonyc920 - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    I’m OK with it. If the bullpen coach can tweak his motion, maybe he’s a bargain for this year.
    His issue is all mechanics. He still had good stuff last year, just bad location.

  4. Rich Peters - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Reblogged this on Higher Ground.

  5. hoober27 - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Why not? Our two best players are a drunk driver and a fella with hands so dirty in PED scandals he might as well be a finger painter. Domestic abuse? Come on over! Maybe we can trade for Brett Myers. Better yet, I bet John Rocker is available.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      So lame.

      • hoober27 - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        So you’re excited about the signing of K-Rod?

  6. dgould2020 - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    So the Cubs sign Kenneth Lee and Kevin Gregg and leave this guy out there?? I get there is risk but the reward potentially is much greater than those two

  7. randygnyc - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Tonyc920-” his issue is all mechanics”. Oh really?

  8. milwaukeebadgers67 - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Low risk, high reward I guess. Anything better than Axford so far this season is good for me!

  9. insidefastball - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    I guess this is a sign that the closer situation in Milwaukee is actually worse than the one in Chicago.

  10. leroysbutler - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    What Derrick Turnblow, Greg Gagme, and Tremor Hoffman were unavailable?

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