The 3rd Man In

Brewers Need to Sign Francisco Rodriguez

The Milwaukee Brewers bullpen has been a major disappointment this season and it is time for them to add a new veteran arm. In eight games the bullpen has blown two saves in three opportunities and has a 6.11 ERA.

Francisco Rodriguez is the answer to the Brewers problems. The Brewers have been reported to be interested in his services and this would make sense for both parties. Even though he had a miserable season last year with a 4.38 ERA in 72 innings, he did finish off strong with a 1.20 ERA over the final month of the season.

K-Rod would give the Brewers a veteran relief pitcher that has been a successful closer over his career. Throughout his 11 year career he has averaged a 2.70 ERA in 72 innings with 29 saves. As a closer he has won the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award twice (2006, 2008), and has led the American League in saves three times (2005-2006, 2008).

Signing Francisco Rodriguez would be a smart move for the Brewers if they were able to sign him to a minor league deal. This forces him to earn his way back to the majors, by showing the Brewers that he is still capable of being a solid pitcher, and the Brewers would not be on the hook for an enormous amount of money if he does not pan out.

Adding Francisco Rodriguez would be a low risk, high reward move for the Brewers, and he could provide the Brewers with a reliable closer option that they desperately need.

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