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Rumor Central: Brewers interested in Joe Smith?

Blue Jays reliever Joe Smith has struck out 13.5 batters per nine innings this season. Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Joe Smith appears to be the latest reliever to catch the eye of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Rumor CentralVeteran writer Ken Rosenthal reports the 33-year-old Toronto Blue Jays right-hander has emerged as “another option” for the Brewers, who have a 5.74 bullpen ERA with three blown saves since the All-Star break.

Smith, who came off the disabled list over the weekend following a bout with shoulder inflammation, has a 1.16 WHIP and 49 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings this season. Rosenthal says the Brewers had interest in Smith last winter before he signed a one-year deal with Toronto.

The Brewers, who have cast a wide net in their search for bullpen help, are one of the teams interested in New York Mets closer Addison Reed.

- Doug Mittler