Francisco Rodriguez Traded to Brewers for Players to Be Named Later


Francisco Rodriguez is on the move, and his new location may come as a surprise to some.

The Mets have traded their closer to the Milwaukee Brewers for a pair of players to be named later, Milwaukee confirmed on Twitter late Tuesday night. The Brewers will also get cash with the reliever.

Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman broke the news on Twitter shortly after Tuesday night's All-Star Game.

John Axford has served as the Brewers closer this season, and the right-hander has picked up 23 saves.

It's unclear what role Rodriguez will take with Milwaukee, but it's clear that his new agent, Scott Boras, would like to see his client as a closer.

"I don't think any team is going to be having Frankie Rodriguez serve as a setup man," Boras said on Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal. "Frankie Rodriguez is a closer. He will be a closer. He's a closer and that's what he does."

Rodriguez has a $17.5 million vesting option that will kick in if he finishes 55 games this season.

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