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While Francisco Rodriguez hasn't looked like the pitcher of year's past, he could definitely still be an asset to a contending team.
The Brewers have been using him as a setup man to closer John Axford since they acquired him from the Mets last season, a role he hasn't served in since 2004.
There's no doubt K-Rod wants to get back to being a closer, and with the Brewers nearly eight games out of the division lead, there's a good chance that might happen.
Rodriguez is in the final year of his deal, so it would make sense for the Brewers to trade the veteran reliever for cash or a young prospect. It would surprise me if there was any mutual interest between Rodriguez and the Brewers to work on a new deal, considering Rodriguez's age and his desire to close.
He is due to make $8 million this season, and since his numbers haven't been great this year (0-4, 3.97 ERA) the Brewers may have to eat some of his salary if they want a better prospect in return.
Don't be surprised in the Mets give the Brewers a call for their former closer. Their bullpen has been atrocious this year, worst in baseball actually, and if they want to stay in the hunt their best bet is to acquire some relief help.
Potential Suitors: Mets, White Sox, Tigers