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Report: Brewers still seeking relief

The Brewers have not been able to swing a deal for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon thus far, so the club is continuing to look at other bullpen options, including Francisco Rodriguez, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Sources told Rosenthal that Rodriguez, one of the few big-name free agents remaining on the market, is aiming for a two-year contract. The 33-year-old right-hander saved 44 games for Milwaukee last season, posting 3.04 ERA in 68 innings, with 18 walks and 73 strikeouts while making $3.25 million. He has spent much of the past four seasons with the club, working both as a set-up man and closer.

The Brewers had tried to make a deal with the Phillies for Papelbon, who notched 39 saves with a 2.04 ERA last season and is due $13 million in ’15. He also has a $13 million option for ’16, which will vest if he finishes 48 games this year. Since the Brewers are one of the teams on Papelbon’s no-trade list, he probably would approve a deal only if Milwaukee picks up the option, Rosenthal reported.

That’s just one complication in the negotiations, with the Phillies reportedly willing to eat a significant portion of Papelbon’s remaining contract only if they receive a top prospect in return. Meanwhile, the Brewers offered current closer Jonathan Broxton in the deal as a different way to save money, but the Phillies weren’t interested.

— Andrew Simon

Marlins interested in K-Rod?

The Marlins are showing interest in free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez, reports MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

Miami has been in contact with Rodriguez’s agent, Scott Boras, though nothing is imminent, according to Frisaro.

Rodriguez, 33, saved 44 games with the Brewers last season. He would add a quality and proven arm to the back of the Marlins’ bullpen. Steve Cishek remains the closer, but Rodriguez would be a strong fallback option.

The Marlins actually came into $1 million when they won their arbitration hearing with Mat Latos. The pitcher filed for $10.4 million, and Miami countered at $9.4 million. The ruling went in favor of the club.

Miami could use that extra money on Rodriguez. Rafael Soriano might be another option, Frisaro tweets.

Soriano, 35, had 32 saves with the Nationals last season. He’s totaled 117 saves over the last thee years with the Nats and Yankees. The right-hander has a lifetime 2.85 ERA over 13 seasons in the Majors.

–Austin Laymance

Brewers still considering K-Rod, negotiating for Papelbon

The Brewers are still talking to the Phillies about potentially acquiring Jonathan Papelbon, though Milwaukee is also considering a contingency plan that would involve re-signing Francisco Rodriguez, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

The Brewers have been linked to Papelbon for weeks, but Heyman reports that any potential trade continues to be hung up by the Phillies’ desired return. Philadelphia is apparently unhappy with the Brewers’ current offer for Papelbon, who is due  $13 million this season and also has a vesting option for 2016 worth same amount, assuming he finishes 48 games in 2015.

Papelbon is coming off another strong season in which he racked up a 2.04 ERA while saving 39 games for the Phils. The 34-year-old reliever has posted a sub-3.00 ERA in nine of his 10 big league seasons and has a 2.37 career ERA overall.

As for Rodriguez, who just turned 33 last month, he’s also coming off an impressive 2014 campaign. He notched a 3.04 ERA and 44 saves for the Brewers, while finishing an NL-best 66 games. Rodriguez also posted a 1.09 ERA over 25 appearances with the Brewers in 2013 before being traded to the Orioles and later re-signing with Milwaukee in the offseason.

— Paul Casella

Moncada hoping to sign somewhere soon

Now that he’s officially been declared a free agent, top Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez that he hopes to “sign with a team soon.”

The 19-year-old Moncada has already held private workouts for the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Rangers, Rays, Tigers and Brewers. Other teams could also make a push to sign Moncada now that he’s actually allowed to sign a deal.

“My goal is to sign with a team soon, start training with them, and make it to the Major Leagues as fast as I can with whichever team that might be,” Moncada said in Spanish to MLB.com in his first interview since arriving in the United States in late November. “I know I’m going to do the best I can for as long as I can in this sport.”

Naturally a shortstop, Moncada can also play second or third base. The Yankees and Red Sox have long been mentioned as the potential favorites to sign Moncada, but the Dodgers have also been floated as one of the most likely landing spots.

— Paul Casella

Papelbon trade talks still alive

The Phillies are in the midst of a rebuilding effort, but the club still has a number of veteran players it would like to move, such as closer Jonathan Papelbon.

While rumors surrounding Papelbon have died down recently, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. tells Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly that trade talks are still ongoing with at least two teams.

“Things are still alive,” Amaro told CSNPhilly.com. “We’re still having discussion — and not just with one club. … It’s complicated. There are a lot of different factors involved.”

The Brewers and Blue Jays are the two clubs that have discussed a potential deal for Papelbon, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reported last week.

A number of factors make trading Papelbon difficult. He will earn $13 million this season and has a $13 million club option for 2016 that kicks in if he finishes at least 48 games this year. Papelbon also has limited no-trade rights, though he told reporters in July that would not be an issue in facilitating a trade.

Papelbon, 34, would help clubs looking for a closer. He had a 2.04 ERA and 39 saves in 43 opportunities last year. His 90.7 save-completion percentage ranked sixth out of 29 qualifying closers in baseball, while his 0.90 WHIP ranked 19th out of 185 qualifying relief pitchers.

The Phillies have a number of moves to make going forward, so Papelbon’s situation is worth monitoring.

–Austin Laymance

Brewers could be interested in K-Rod reunion

Brewers owner Mark Attanasio has reportedly had talks with Francisco Rodriguez’s agent, Scott Boras, about a potential return to Milwaukee, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

This report comes a day after Attanasio said he would be “very surprised” if the Brewers did not make another signing before Spring Training. The Brewers had been mentioned in potential trade talks involving the Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon, but those talks seem to have died down in recent days.

As it stands now, the Brewers are limited to Jonathan Broxton when it comes to potential closer options. Rodriguez, meanwhile, is coming off an impressive 2014 campaign in which he locked down 44 saves, while racking up a respectable 3.04 ERA and 0.99 WHIP over 69 appearances.

The market for Rodriguez has been rather quiet this offseason, so a return to the Brewers could end up being the best option for both sides.

— Paul Casella

Willis attempting comeback, signs Minor League deal

Former two-time All-Star Dontrelle Willis is making another comeback attempt, signing a Minor League deal with the Brewers with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

The 33-year-old has spent the past three seasons pitching in the Orioles, Angels and Giants organizations, though his 2014 campaign ended after just four outings due to a left elbow injury that he suffered in April while pitching for Triple-A Fresno. He last pitched in the big leagues in 2011, going 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA over 13 starts with the Reds.

Willis began his career by compiling a 58-39 record to go along with a 3.44 ERA over his first four Major League seasons with the Marlins from 2003-06, all while winning the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year Award and making two All-Star appearances. Though Willis made 127 starts during those four seasons, injuries limited the left-hander to just 78 appearances over the next five years, during which he racked up a 14-30 record and an unsightly 5.65 ERA.

— Paul Casella

Nationals, Blue Jays interested in Burke Badenhop

There a number of clubs still looking for bullpen help on the free-agent market. The Nationals and Blue Jays are among those teams and have both shown interest in veteran right-hander Burke Badenhop, reports Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

Badenhop, 31, made 70 appearances with the Red Sox last season and had a 2.29 ERA. He’s pitched for four different clubs in each of the last four years.

The Red Sox were linked to Badenhop earlier in the offseason. Boston remains in the market for right-handed relief, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Dodgers and Brewers are still looking for bullpen help, too.

–Austin Laymance

Nori Aoki to the Giants

The Giants and outfielder Nori Aoki have agreed to terms on a one-year contract for 2015, reports John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The deal is worth $4 million plus performance bonuses, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Aoki also has a $700,000 buyout for 2016, reports Heyman.

Aoki, 33, appeared in 132 games for the American League-champion Royals last season and had a .285/.349/.360 slash line. He spent the first two years of his Major League career with the Brewers.

Aoki projects to start alongside Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence in the Giants’ outfield in 2015.

— Austin Laymance

David Robertson generating interest

David Robertson became the top closer on the market after declining a $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Yankees on Monday, and he’s certain to have many suitors this offseason.

In addition to the Yankees, there are at least six teams interested in signing Robertson, according to a report by the New York Daily News. Any club that signs Robertson would surrender a draft pick as compensation, but that doesn’t appear to be a major hurdle.

The Tigers, Brewers, Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians and Astros are among a number of teams with needs in the bullpen. Robertson would be an upgrade for any of those clubs.

Robertson, 29, saved 39 games last season in his first year as the Yankees’ closer. He earned $5.215 million and is set up for significant pay raise.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday he has not yet begun negotiations with Robertson’s agent, Scott Leventhal. The right-hander is a likely to receive at least a three-year contract.

Cashman also said it’s not yet clear what the market value is for Robertson. It’s worth noting Jonathan Papelbon earned $13 million with the Phillies in 2014 as baseball’s highest-paid closer. Already this offseason, Koji Uehara re-signed with the Red Sox for $18 million over two years.

Robertson’s impending contract could affect deals for other free agent closers, including Francisco Rodriguez, Sergio Romo and Rafael Soriano.

–Austin Laymance

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