Milwaukee Brewers sign Francisco Rodriguez

Mike McGinnis

Milwaukee signed the veteran relief pitcher to a minor-league contract.

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed veteran relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez to a minor-league contract, the team announced on Wednesday.

Rodriguez will report to the team's spring training facilities. The Brewers have 30 days to decide whether to call Rodriguez to the majors or release him.

His contract will be worth at least $2 million dollars, Jon Heyman is reporting. General Manager Doug Melvin chose to not disclose the terms of the contract.

Rodriguez pitched for the Brewers in 2011 and 2012. Milwaukee mostly used Rodriguez in a set-up role, despite the fact that Rodriguez was a closer for the Angels and the New York Mets for six seasons. The right-hander had one of the worst seasons of his career last year, posting a 4.38 ERA over 72 innings. Rodriguez's strikeout rate fell and his walk rate rose, contributing to his decline.

The Brewers are hoping Rodriguez can help provide depth to the team's bullpen, as Milwaukee relievers have already blown two saves this season. John Axford in particular has struggled, as the relief pitcher currently owns a 15.19 ERA and has lost his job as the team's closer. Jim Henderson looks to take over that role for the Brewers, as the veteran relief pitcher has closed the team's last two save opportunities.

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