Brewers Announce Rodriguez Signing
The Brewers today have announced the signing of former and once again relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez to a minor-league contract.
That the sides were talking was first reported by yours truly. Just prior to the announcement this afternoon, Adam McCalvy reported that Rodriguez was at Maryvale Baseball Park today for a physical as a part of those previously reported discussions.
Rodriguez was almost lights out as the setup man for John Axford after being acquired by Milwaukee over the 2011 All-Star break. His pitching was an integral part of the division championship that season.
The wheels came off for Rodriguez in 2012 as they did for most of the Brewers bullpen that season.
Rodriguez pitched for his native Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic and was largely ineffective his appearances.
The Brewers have 30 days to assign Rodriguez including his needed time to get ready in extended Spring Training in Arizona.
UPDATE: Leave it to Jon Heyman to come through with the dollar amount.
K-Rod will get $2M plus in #brewers deal
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 17, 2013