Jul 3, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (57) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
According to a Tweet by ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Detroit Tigers are hoping to be able to acquire Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers.
K-Rod has earned 10 saves this year as one of three pitchers to share the closer’s spot, but he’s been very good this season regardless of role. In 24 appearances, Rodriguez has struck out 26 batters (28.3%), allowed just three earned runs (1.14 ERA), and walked only 8 batters (8.7%).
Rodriguez’s situation this season was similar to that of Jose Valverde. He wasn’t being offered big league deals, and so he ultimately re-signed with Milwaukee on a minor league contract. Unlike Valverde, however, Rodriguez proved his effectiveness and has turned himself into a trade chip for the organization.