MLB Rumors: Francisco Rodriguez

On Opening Day, manager Ron Roenicke surprised a lot of people when he gave the ball to Francisco Rodriguez when the first ninth-inning save situation of the season arose instead of Jim Henderson, who was expected to be the team's closer for 2014.

Rodney, K-Rod on Baltimore radar 

December, 23, 2013
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After backing out on a deal with Grant Balfour, the Baltimore Orioles apparently are in the mix for free agent closer Fernando Rodney.

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Red Sox wouldn't deal Middlebrooks 

September, 7, 2013
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Will Middlebrooks was hitting below the Mendoza Line when the Boston Red Sox sent him to the minor leagues in late June. But the third baseman has found a new lease on life since being recalled on August 10, hitting .350 with five homers and a .588 slugging percentage.

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K (as in K-Rod) typically follows J 

August, 15, 2013
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Being a closer for a major baseball team does not always come easy. It's always a case of "What have you done for me lately?" and in the case of Jim Johnson of the Baltimore Orioles, the answer to that query is not that positive.

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K-Rod's role in Baltimore 

July, 24, 2013
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The Baltimore Orioles acquired reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the last-place Milwaukee Brewers for minor league infielder Nick Delmonico. The next step is to determine exactly how K-Rod fits into the bullpen mix.

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Filling in for Grilli 

July, 24, 2013
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The Pittsburgh Pirates are holding their collective breath over the status of Jason Grilli, who landed on the disabled list Tuesday with what is being called a right forearm strain.

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Tigers look for bullpen help 

July, 22, 2013
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The Detroit Tigers have been looking for relief help since they decided in spring training that Bruce Rondon would not be the immediate answer at closer.

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Dodgers eye K-Rod? 

July, 22, 2013
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It was over the All-Star break two years ago that Francisco Rodriguez landed in Milwaukee following a trade with the New York Mets. Could the reliever be part of a July deal in 2013 as well?

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Red Sox need bullpen help 

July, 22, 2013
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The Boston Red Sox bullpen just might be cursed.

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Milwaukee's plan for K-Rod 

July, 1, 2013
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As one of the few teams that is already out of the race and in "sell mode," the Milwaukee Brewers have a handful of interesting trade chips that could help clubs, including a one-time star closer.

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Update on Henderson 

June, 7, 2013
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The Milwaukee Brewers should be getting their old new closer back soon.

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Decision on K-Rod by Thursday 

May, 13, 2013
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The Milwaukee Brewers will decide by later this week whether or not to bring back reliever Francisco Rodriguez.


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Jays' relief search urgent? 

April, 4, 2013
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The Toronto Blue Jays are still looking to add a relief pitcher and CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman tweeted earlier this winter that the club wants a setup man capable of closing. Such an arm shouldn't be too difficult to find, but the free agent market has thinned of such veteran relievers with ninth-inning experience.

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Teams in search of relief 

February, 2, 2013
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It's Groundhog Day and just as folks in cold places are reportedly getting some relief from the winter months with the promise of an early spring, several baseball teams are hoping to have some more relievers in tow as spring training begins in a few weeks.

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Can Jays rely on Santos? 

January, 19, 2013
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Last winter, the Toronto Blue Jays traded for Sergio Santos to be their closer. The move didn't work out well, though, as the right-hander missed most of the season with a shoulder injury. That seems to be giving the club some pause about whether Santos can be counted on.

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