The Blue Jays were linked to Francisco Rodriguez when he was a free agent over the winter and now Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the team has been in contact with the Brewers about a potential trade.
After posting a 3.04 ERA and 73/18 K/BB ratio in 69 appearances with Milwaukee last season, the 33-year-old Rodriguez has a 1.13 ERA with 26 strikeouts and seven walks over 24 innings so far this year. He’s a perfect 13-for-13 in save chances. The Brewers figure to be one of only a handful of sellers in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, so Rodriguez would appear to be an obvious candidate to be moved. Brett Cecil is functioning as Toronto’s closer right now, but he has only had seven save chances all season and owns a 4.50 ERA over 25 appearances. An upgrade makes sense.
Rodriguez is under contract for $5.5 million this season and his contract includes a $6 million option or $4 million buyout for 2016.
With Aaron Sanchez on the disabled list due to a lat injury, Elliott hears that the Blue Jays are also in the market for a starting pitcher.