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Brewers calling up Francisco Rodriguez

May 15, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

Francisco Rodriguez AP

Today’s the day Francisco Rodriguez can opt out of his minor-league contract with the Brewers if they haven’t called him up and Jon Heyman of reports that K-Rod is on the way back to the majors.

Rodriguez’s deal pays him $2 million for cracking the Brewers’ roster, so they clearly feel he can help in a setup role. And he was plenty useful last season, throwing 72 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 72/31 K/BB ratio.

Rodriguez made a total of four appearances between Single-A and Triple-A, throwing four scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and three walks. And given how the Brewers’ late-inning situation has been influx it’s not totally inconceivable that he could be in line for some saves at some point.

  1. uwsptke - May 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Well, considering that Axford’s blown save last night in the 8th inning actually reduced his ERA to 9.20… it can’t hurt.

    I’m still shaking my head about giving him $5 million in his first arby year. At least they avoided a total disaster by pulling their long-term contract offer last spring. They dodged another bullet when Casey McGehee balked at their long-term offer a few years ago as well.

  2. brewcitybummer - May 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    I would prefer Jesus Sanchez and his big fastball for 500,000 over K-rod for 2,000,000. But its not my money.

    • brewpack42 - May 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Its actually a prorated 2 milllion, but hey, who’s counting?

      • tuberippin - May 16, 2013 at 3:28 AM

        A pro-rated $2mil is still more than $500k.

  3. kollin7 - May 15, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Why would he be in line for some saves? Jim Henderson has been one of the best closers in the majors, so far this year.

    • psr179 - May 15, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      Because sometimes, guys need a day off so they aren’t overworked. He said he may be in line for some saves. He didn’t say he would be inserted as the closer. If he picks up a save every other week or so, that would probably qualify as “some”. “Some saves at some point” is an incredibly vague statement, hard to say it’s wrong when it doesn’t take much at all to be right.

      • kollin7 - May 15, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        I know, but Brewers need to win some games, before they worry about overworking their closer.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - May 15, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    I hope they send down Axford but it’ll more likely be Fiers.

    • kollin7 - May 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Yeah I’d love to see Axford work out his problems in Triple-A, but they also need to keep Fiers sharp.

  5. muskyhunter2542 - May 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Fiers is garbage. He trys to sneak over an 85mph fastball down the middle of the plate and loses the game for The Crew.
    Guys horrible. He only got by last year with smoke and mirrors.

    • kollin7 - May 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      You clearly didn’t actually watch him last year…

      • muskyhunter2542 - May 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Indeed I did. Every one of them!!!

      • kollin7 - May 16, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        Not closely enough.

  6. onbucky96 - May 15, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Can’t be worse than the Ax man, RIGHT?

  7. possum327 - May 15, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I bet it will be Lalli don’t need 3 catchers. After the road trip they will make another move send down a pitcher for a hitter. Bullpen has been taxed, hence that loser Assturd being put in last night. All the talk about getting him going is a crock, dude blew bag last year and it will be all downhill from here. Dan Kolb, Derrick Turnbow and Axford are all run of the mill closers the Brewers caught at the right time. To bad they did not cut ties with Turnblow and Assturd like they did with Kolb, even though the prospect they got for Kolb didn’t pan out.

    • brewcrewchamps - May 15, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      I see what you did there..

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