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Francisco Rodriguez Traded To The Milwaukee Brewers, K-Rod Now Set-Up Man

The Milwaukee Brewers lead the National League Central in middle-relief assault arrests as of Tuesday night—Francisco Rodriguez, the K-Rod most famous for setting the single-season saves record and looking completely invincible in the 2002 postseason, is going to the Brewers in exchange for players to be named later and the New York Mets' ability to make rent on the studio apartment they all pitched in on.

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K-Rod remains an excellent reliever, but he also has an incredibly expensive option that vests if he finishes too many games, so in spite of their differences in salary and status the Brewers' other excellent reliever, Jon Axford, will remain in the closer's role for the time being.

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As a Cardinals fan I'm not pleased—this move definitely makes the Brewers better, and given the salary relief at work it's unlikely to make them much worse in the future—but as a Midwesterner I kind of like it. How often does a team from Wisconsin get a chance to throw its wallet around in front of a team from New York City?

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