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.