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Friday, February 7, 2014
Brewers to sign Francisco Rodriguez

By Jerry Crasnick

Francisco Rodriguez
Francisco Rodriguez still holds the major-league record for saves in a season with 62, set in 2008 with the Los Angeles Angels. He has 304 saves in 12 seasons.

The Milwaukee Brewers agreed to terms Friday on a one-year contract with veteran reliever Francisco Rodriguez worth $3.25 million plus incentives.

The right-hander could earn another $550,000 in bonuses. The contract includes a $100,000 bonus for 55 innings pitched and incentives for games finished; $50,000 each for 15 and 20 games; $75,000 for 25 and 30 games; and $100,000 each for 35 and 40 games.

Rodriguez, 32, has 304 saves in 12 seasons with the Angels, Mets, Brewers and Orioles. Milwaukee signed Rodriguez as a free agent last spring before trading him to Baltimore in late July in a deal for minor leaguer Nick Delmonico.

In 2008, Rodriguez set a major league record with 62 saves for the Angels. He's a four-time All-Star with three finishes in the top five in Cy Young Award balloting.

Rodriguez brings depth and another veteran arm to a Milwaukee bullpen headed by Jim Henderson, who recorded 28 saves and struck out 75 batters in 60 innings as a 30-year-old rookie last season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.