Right-hander Francisco Rodriguez is one of the top free agents still remaining, but he may not be for much longer, as CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Rodriguez is "expected to have a deal soon." The Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins appear to be the two clubs that have shown the most interest in the 33-year-old, per Heyman.
The Marlins are eyeing contention this year, and could use some additional bullpen help. However, thus far, the Marlins seem to have balked at Rodriguez's asking price, instead preferring to land him on a two-year deal in the $10 million range.
The Brewers, who Rodriguez spent all of 2014 with, have been viewed as the most logical landing spot for Rodriguez. He was quite impressive for Milwaukee last season, and with Jonathan Broxton currently slated to be the Brewers' closer, there is a need for some back-end relief help. It seems that Rodriguez also deems Milwaukee a preferable destination, as agent Scott Boras has continuously reached out to Brewers' owner Mark Attanasio regarding Rodriguez, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
After holding out for a two-year deal that is unlikely to come at this point (unless at a lower AAV), Rodriguez has been reported to be seeking a one-year deal worth $10 million. This late in the offseason, with team budgets already generally set in place, it seems hard to fathom that Rodriguez will receive eight figures.
Rodriguez is arguably the best free agent still on the market, with fellow closer Rafael Soriano being his only true counterpart.
A five-time All-Star, Rodriguez has been a consistently excellent bullpen arm outside of a blip 2012 season (4.38 ERA). In 2014, he posted a 3.04 ERA, 4.50 FIP, 2.91 xFIP, and 4.06 K/BB, while saving 44 games, his highest tally since setting the single-season saves record (62) in 2008 with the Angels.