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Thursday, February 26, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: K-ROD BACK TO CLOSING GAMES IN MILWAUKEE

It was a more drawn-out process than expected but the Milwaukee Brewers and closer Francisco Rodriguez finally came to an agreement on a new contract early Thursday.  Rodriguez inks a two-year deal worth around $13 million guaranteed and he will immediately move back to the ninth inning where he had a major comeback season for the Brewers in 2014.  After almost being run out of baseball after becoming more hittable than ever due to lost velocity and poor control, Rodriguez found some lost mileage last season and proceeded to look like his old dominant self for a Brewers team in desperate need of closing help.  Still the two sides struggled to come to terms on a new deal for much of the offseason as veteran Jonathan Broxton was being told to prepare to close games.  Now that the deal is completed, Rodriguez goes back to mid-tier status among all closers.  There is a bit of bust potential here as Rodriguez was pretty horrific in 2012 and 2013 but as long as the velocity holds, the chances of continued success are likely.  Meanwhile those who drafted Broxton can safely cut him loose.

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