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Francisco Rodríguez wants to pitch in 2019

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Veteran reliever Francisco Rodríguez wants to pitch next season, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports.

Rodríguez, 36, signed a minor league contract with the Phillies but was released near the end of spring training. He was unable to get another contract with a major league team, so he signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. The last time Rodríguez pitched in the majors was in 2017 with the Tigers and he struggled to a 7.82 ERA over 25 1/3 innings.

Rodríguez turns 37 in January. Given that he was unable to attract any interest after the Phillies released him earlier this year, it seems even more unlikely that he’d be able to land a contract this offseason, but teams can never have too much relief depth.

Brewers sign Gio Gonzalez

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have signed Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez will get a $2 million base salary with $2 million in potential performance bonuses.

Gonzalez was excellent for the Brewers down the stretch last season, posting a 2.13 ERA over his final five regular season starts. While it’s not likely he can replicate that, given how terrible Milwaukee’s rotation has been thus far — they have a 5.74 ERA as a group this season — he can’t hurt.

Not a bad landing pad for a guy who had to settle for a minor league deal with the Yankees before being released over the weekend.