NL Central Notes: Brewers, Price, Cubs, Cardinals

Earlier tonight, the Brewers picked up Francisco Rodriguez up on a minor league deal.  Here's more on K-Rod and other notes out of the National League Central..

  • Brewers GM Doug Melvin says that Rodriguez represents another option that they can go to if necessary and is a low-risk signing, writes's Adam McCalvy.  Melvin also said that he spoke to a prosecutor before re-signing Rodriguez to ensure that Rodriguez’s legal troubles were closed.  The reliever was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery in September, but those charges were dropped.
  • In an interview with Mut & Merloni of WEEI,'s Buster Olney said that he sees the Cubs as the most likely team to trade for the Rays' David Price with the Cardinals also in the mix.  In Olney's estimation, the Cards can blow everyone else out of the water if they decide to dip into their farm system to pull off a trade.
  • Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (on Twitter) credited Melvin for picking up Yuniesky Betancourt late in the spring after he didn't hook on with the Phillies.  The signing looks particularly good at the moment after Betancourt's grand slam last night and third inning home run earlier this evening.

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