The Miami Marlins have reportedly been showing interest in free-agent relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. According to Frisaro, the Marlins have been in recent contact with the agent of Rodriguez, Scott Boras, however no deal is imminent.
The 33-year-old right-hander converted 44 saves during the 2014 campaign for the Milwaukee Brewers, as he compiled a 5-5 record, along with a 3.04 ERA, 125 ERA+ and a 4.50 FIP in 68 innings pitched out of the bullpen over 69 games. Even with the addition of Rodriguez, Steve Cishek would still assume the role as the Marlins’ closer.
If the Marlins don’t end up landing him, then either the Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers or the Philadelphia Phillies could sign him to a one-year deal. Those three teams have been connected to Rodriguez throughout the offseason. The Brewers were rumored to be closing in on a deal for the Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon, but the deal fell through.
Over his 13-year big league career, Rodriguez has pitched for the Los Angeles Angels (2002-08), New York Mets (2009-11), Milwaukee Brewers (2011-14) and the Baltimore Orioles (2013). In 835 and 1/3 career innings pitched out of the bullpen, he owns a 46-41 record, along with a 2.73 ERA and 348 career saves over 799 games pitched.