With a 32-48 record and last place in the National League Central division, the Milwaukee Brewers have a long, uphill battle if they want to clinch a postseason berth. At this point, the Brewers must consider which players on the current roster will give them the most value at the MLB trade deadline. One player in particular that has emerged as a quality trade chip is closer Francisco Rodriguez.
Rodriguez has yet to blow a save in six opportunities this season, which is a trend Milwaukee hopes continues. Even though he took the loss in Sunday’s 14-inning defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Rodriguez has been unstoppable otherwise. He has posted a 1-1 record with a very impressive 1.02 earned run average and 17 strikeouts in 18 appearances this season.
His outstanding performance since being placed on the active roster in mid-May is certainly one of the rare highlights for the Brewers this season. There is no question his name will garner attention from other teams over the next month. However, is Milwaukee willing to part ways with a top-notch player just because the season seems all but lost?
Manager Ron Roenicke is one person in particular who would not only like to see Rodriguez in a Brewers uniform at the end of the season but for many years to come. He stated that he plans on using the right-hander in the closer role indefinitely, a recent move that he said was not made to showcase Rodriguez’s talents for a possible trade. K-Rod is the closer because he is obviously the most qualified person who fits the role on the team.
At this point, I believe Milwaukee should certainly field offers for Rodriguez. With that being said, they should only consider trading him for a deal in which they receive quality pitching prospects in return. Of course, if the Brewers take the route of keeping Rodriguez that means they better have a plan to sign him for the next couple years.