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A familiar face will return to the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen this season.

Francisco Rodriguez has spent parts of the past four seasons with the Brewers, but found himself as a free agent without a job as pitchers began reporting to Spring Training. The Los Angeles Dodgers were linked to the right-handed reliever after Kenley Jansen went down with injury, but were never in serious talks to sign him.

Rodriguez will be back in Milwaukee next year via Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:

Last season, the 33-year-old had a 3.04 ERA with 44 saves in 69 appearances for the Brewers. He started the year with 15 consecutive saves and 19 consecutive scoreless appearances. Rodriguez struggled toward the end of the year, but still managed to finish among the league leaders in saves. Despite his serviceable season, not many teams came calling for his services. It was rumored that he was seeking at least $10 million for the year, another reason teams may have been scared off.

The 13-year veteran, who made his first debut with the Anaheim Angels in September of 2002, was acquired from the New York Mets in 2011 and signed a minor league contract in 2013 with Milwaukee. He later joined the Baltimore Orioles for the rest of 2013 season.

Rodriguez still holds the record for most saves in a single season with 62 saves, which he set in 2008.

The five-time All-Star will could once again find himself as the closer in Milwaukee.

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  1. Michael N. Norris

    Well that’s a relief! no pun intended…… I knew there was no way he was going to sign for 1 year

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