The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly reached an agreement with Francisco Rodriguez on a one-year contract. The relief pitcher previously pitched with the organization for parts of the last three seasons.
Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com first reported the deal was complete:
The Brewers made it official:
The #Brewers have signed RHP Francisco Rodriguez to a 1-yr. contract. RHP Donovan Hand has been designated for assignment.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) February 7, 2014
A baseball source said the sides were close Friday to sealing a one-year, Major League contract that would return the veteran reliever to Milwaukee, where he has pitched parts of the past three seasons. Rodriguez would earn a $3.25 million base salary, with $550,000 more available in incentives.
Rodriguez split last season between the Brewers and Baltimore Orioles. He posted a 2.70 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 46.2 innings.
However, McCalvy confirmed that he won't be the closer:
In case there was any doubt, Doug Melvin just said it: Jim Henderson is still the closer. #Brewers— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) February 7, 2014
In 134 appearances for the Brewers, he's compiled a 3.15 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He mostly served in a setup role during his time with Milwaukee, registering just 13 saves. He racked up 291 saves during his time with the Los Angeles Angels and New York Mets.
Rodriguez will likely return to eighth-inning duty for the Brewers once again with Jim Henderson holding down the closer role, at least to open the season. It's always nice to have a pitcher with K-Rod's closing experience available as a security blanket, though.
The 32-year-old reliever is a four-time All-Star and led the American League in saves three times with the Angels. Although he's dropped off from that peak in recent seasons, he should still provide good value for the one-year deal.
Milwaukee gets the veteran bullpen arm it needed with spring training on the horizon. Rodriguez gets another chance to prove himself on a short-term deal.
It's an agreement that should work out well for both sides.