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Bullpen concerns led the Milwaukee Brewers to take a flier on former closer Francisco Rodriguez, who agreed to a minor-league contract Wednesday.

The Brewers entered play Wednesday with a bullpen ERA of 4.65. Rodriguez, known as K-Rod, will begin a stint at extended spring training, starting a 30-day window for the Brewers to determine where he'll be assigned.

Rodriguez, 31, had a 4.38 ERA with the Brewers last season. He had 72 strikeouts in 72 innings but allowed 1.38 walks plus hits per inning pitched. He wasn't re-signed after working primarily as a setup man for John Axford. Rodriguez had seven blows saves in 2012.

Axford was "given a break" from the closer's role by manager Ron Roenicke last week and the ninth-inning spot is in flux.

Rodriguez has 295 career saves and has served as a closer for the Angels, Mets and Brewers.

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