The Milwaukee Brewers and closer Francisco Rodriguez have agreed to a two year deal worth reportedly 13 million. The 32 year old closer returns to the club after posting 44 saves last season, his most since his record breaking 62 save season in 2008. So far in his career, K-Rod has had at least 40 saves in five of his thirteen seasons and is tenth on the all times saves list with 348.
Rodriguez, led the AL in saves three times during his time with the Angels (where he earned the nickname 'K-Rod'). In 2008, Rodriguez signed with the Mets on a three year, thirty seven million dollar contract, but his times in New York were not nearly as successful as his times in Los Angeles. In 2009, Rodriguez saved just 35 games while blowing a career high 7 games. In 2010, Rodriguez saved 25 games before being suspended for assault and battery on his father in law, he then was traded to the Brewers the next season.
After being a setup man for Jon Axford his first two seasons in Milwaukee, Rodriguez had 44 saves last season in his first year as a closer with the club. The two were unable to reach an agreement earlier in the off-season, causing KRod to test the open market.
It was reported that Rodriguez originally wanted a two year deal worth around nine million a year. His price went down after not being able to find a team until now. For the Brewers, it is a good deal, they needed help in the back of their bullpen and they got a guy who is consistent for a cheap price.
Rodriguez is expected to report to camp sometime this weekend, and should be the closer come Opening Day.
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