May 21, 2012: Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (57) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
Milwaukee Brewers setup man Francisco Rodriguez could interest teams in need of bullpen help this summer, including the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Attention, deadline shoppers: Brewers right-hander Francisco Rodriguez is averaging 91.6 mph with his fastball, his highest velocity since 2009.
Rodiriguez, who can set up or close, would make particular sense for the Cardinals, Phillies and Marlins, all of whom are struggling with their setup relief.
The Brewers acquired K-Rod from the New York Mets last summer to act as a setup man for closer John Axford. After posting an ERA and WHIP of 1.86 and 1.138 over his 29 innings for the Brewers in 2011, Rodriguez has maintained marks of 4.11 and 1.429 with 8.2 SO/9 and 3.3 BB/9 this season.
The 30-year-old owns a career ERA and WHIP of 2.59 and 1.172, is making $8 million this season and is set to hit the free agent market this winter.
What's a fair package for K-Rod?