The Toronto Blue Jays, who are looking to add a late inning reliever, are interested in Milwaukee Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez, according to Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun.

Toronto has been on the market searching for a closer and in addition to Rodriguez, the team has been connected with Philadelphia PhilliesJonathan Papelbon and Oakland Athletics Tyler Clippard, according to numerous reports.

After a rough start to the season, the Brewers figure to become sellers and Rodriguez is a trade piece many teams will likely have interest in, given the constant need for quality relief pitchers around the league.

Rodriguez, 33, is having another solid season with the Brewers, as he has put up an 0-2 record, 13 saves, a 1.13 ERA and 26/7 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

If the Brewers do in fact trade Rodriguez, the acquiring team won’t have to worry about him bolting after the season. The Brewers signed Rodriguez to a deal that will keep him under contract through the 2017 season.

In his 14-year career, Rodriguez has gone 46-43 with 361 saves, a 2.68 ERA and 1031/353 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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