Tigers Acquire Francisco Rodriguez

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.

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.

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