The Milwaukee Brewers understand that the pitching staff will be the key to their success during the 2014 Major League Baseball season. Even though it’s the offense that could have some trouble putting up runs, the starting rotation and bullpen must be full proof. The organization took another step in the right direction when they signed reliever Francisco Rodriguez to a one-year, $3.25 million deal.
This will be Rodriguez’s fourth season with the Brewers, although he only spent half of 2011 and 2013 on the team due to trades. Nonetheless, he was phenomenal for the Brew Crew in both those years, which is why there is plenty of reason for optimism that he will be a difference maker for the team this season.
On top of that, Rodriguez truly enjoys the city of Milwaukee and wants to play for the Brewers. I don’t have to tell the fans of a small market team how refreshing that is to hear, especially when it comes from a player who has uncapped capabilities on the mound.
“He’s done it for us before,” general manager Doug Melvin told Brewers.com. “He’s a competitor. He has a bad game, he forgets about it and goes back out the next day. He’s been good with our younger guys. And the other part is he likes Milwaukee. He wants to play here.”
It’s already good enough that Rodriguez will provide a quality arm to setup closer Jim Henderson. However, another reason why the signing was a smart move by the Brewers was because it provides more experience in the bullpen. It’s no secret that veteran relievers can do wonders for a team as well as the relief pitchers as a unit. Hopefully, K-Rod’s experience as a dominate pitcher will help the younger guys improve their game.
The right-hander posted a 1.09 ERA with 26 strikeouts, 10 saves and one hold in 25 appearances for Milwaukee last season.