In a move to bolster their bullpen, the Detroit Tigers have acquired closer Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
K-Rod is traded to tigers
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 18, 2015
Rodriguez has saved 386 games throughout his 14-year career, and should help strengthen a Tigers bullpen that could definitely use some more depth. The 33-year-old has played for four different organizations in his career, including the Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, and the Baltimore Orioles. In 2008, Rodriguez saved 62 games, a single-season record that still stands today.
In the deal, the Brewers will receive infielder Javier Betancourt. The 20-year-old spent the 2015 season with the team’s Single-A affiliate, posting a slash line of .263/.304/.336 in 122 games played.
As part of the deal, the Tigers will also absorb $7.5 million left on Rodriguez’s contract through the 2016 season. The Tigers will also be responsible for his 2017 team option, which would pay him $6 million if picked up by the club.
For the Tigers, they hope that Rodriguez could be a fixture in the bullpen for the next few seasons. If Rodriguez can have similar success to what he had in Milwaukee, this could turn out to be a very good deal for the Tigers.