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Brewers now interested in bringing back Francisco Rodriguez

Francisco Rodriguez

Milwaukee Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez signals to the catcher after walking Philadelphia Phillies’ John Mayberry in the 10th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 7-6. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)


Now that the idea of trading for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is “on life support”, the Brewers are turning their attention elsewhere, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Brewers owner Mark Attanasio has spoken with Rodriguez’s agent, Scott Boras.

Rodriguez, 33, had a bounce-back year for the Brewers in 2014, posting a 3.04 ERA with 44 saves and a 73/18 K/BB ratio in 68 innings. He had signed with the Brewers in February 2014 on a one-year, $3.25 million deal. Boras will likely be able to use Rodriguez’s success last season to leverage a few more million out of the Brewers this time around, but he will still likely be cheaper than Papelbon, even with the Phillies throwing in money.

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