Brewers talking to Scott Boras about Francisco Rodriguez

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Brewers owner Mark Attanasio has been discussing free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez with his agent, Scott Boras. Per Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, manager Ron Roenicke said, “Scott keeps calling Mark.”

The Brewers’ interest in Rodriguez is not exactly a surprise, as “K-Rod” has spent parts of the last four seasons with the Brewers and the club as an obvious need at the back end of their bullpen.

The Brewers were believed to have serious interest in trading for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, but the two sides couldn’t agree on exactly how much of the veteran’s salary would be covered. Rodriguez is believed to be asking for a $10 million salary for the 2015 season. Though that would be marginally cheaper than Papelbon’s $13 million salary, Rodriguez wouldn’t cost the Brewers any minor league talent and their commitment to him would be for only one season.

Rodriguez, 33, tossed 68 innings to the tune of a 3.04 ERA along with 44 saves and a 73/18 K/BB ratio last season.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”