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MLB Rumors: Brewers again interested in Francisco Rodriguez

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Could the veteran reliever come back for a fourth season in Milwaukee?


Last season the Brewers got a pretty great "buy low" bargain with reliever Francisco Rodriguez. He joined the team on a minor league deal in April, recorded career save #300 in June and was flipped to the Orioles for a prospect in July. Rodriguez has pitched parts of each of the last three seasons in Milwaukee and, if you believe the rumors, it's possible he'll be back for a fourth.

The Brewers are "one of the teams expressing interest" in the free agent's services, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN. The Orioles are also believed to be interested, although earlier this winter we'd heard that he would not be welcomed back in Baltimore.

Rodriguez will turn 32 on Tuesday and has a 2.70 career ERA across 730 relief appearances, but that mark has ballooned to 3.72 over the last two seasons. His FIP over that span is a little higher at 3.88. He has 304 career saves but just 13 since joining the Brewers in July of 2011. He's also a four-time All Star, but hasn't appeared in the game since 2009.

The Brewers have been rumored to be seeking a veteran reliever with closing experience to join Jim Henderson and Brandon Kintzler in the 2014 bullpen, but we'd also previously heard that the team was not interested in reunions with Rodriguez or John Axford, who later signed with the Indians.

Rodriguez's 134 relief appearances as a Brewer are the 33rd most in franchise history. If he does re-sign with the team, he'd become the new active leader in that category.