Francisco Rodriguez keeps returning to the Milwaukee Brewers. He was traded to the team in 2011 from the New York Mets and then accepted arbitration from the Brewers staying with them in 2011.
Milwaukee traded K-Rod to the Orioles in mid-2013 then resigned with Milwaukee as a free agent in 2013 and 2014. This time around the Brewers have agreed to a two-year $13 million dealwith the closer who saved 44 games for them in 2014.
Rodriguez made his fifth All-Star team last season and posted a 3.04 ERA in a league leading 66 appearances for the Brewers.
He had some very good years early in his career with the Los Angeles Angels and one with the Mets, making four All-Star appearances. In his time with Los Angeles K-Rod led the league in saves three times.
Rodriguez began to struggle a little in 2011 and was not the closer for either Milwaukee or Baltimore until last season. He reestablished himself as closer material in 2014 and spent the offseason on the free agent market only to re-sign with Milwaukee.
“He’s a tremendous asset. He’s somebody that’s comfortable in the ninth inning. There aren’t a lot of guys that are comfortable in that situation. He’s never afraid of the moment. He always embraces the challenge. He takes the ball every single day. He has pitched through multiple injuries. For a guy with that kind of closer experience, it’s really going to be beneficial to us, so we’re all excited about it. The more guys you have with closing experience, the better it will be for the team over the course of the season.”
At just 33, Rodriguez is a good investment for Milwaukee despite having had his struggles. Assuming he returns to his 2014 form the Brewers will have the ninth inning locked down for the next two seasons.