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Brewers decline 2012 options on K-Rod and Betancourt

Oct 30, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

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With option decisions due by midnight Monday, teams are beginning to make things official. We’ll have all of the transactions as they stream in.

Here are some obvious ones.

According to the Associated Press, via the New York Post, the Brewers have declined a $17.5 million mutual option on right-hander Francisco Rodriguez, paying him a $4 million buyout instead.

Rodriguez posted a strong 2.64 ERA and 79/26 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings this season between the Mets and Brewers, and he should draw many suitors on the open market this winter, but $17.5 million is a pretty penny for any reliever — no matter how dominant.

The Brewers also declined a $6 million option on shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt. He has slugged a total of 29 home runs over the past two seasons, but he’s a poor defender and owns a pitiful .292 career on-base percentage. The next team to give him a try should strongly consider a position change.

  1. Lukehart80 - Oct 30, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    If by “position change,” you mean the next team to give Betancourt a try should have him sell peanuts, I concur.

    That OBP just doesn’t get it done at the Major League level, and moving away from shortstop would only make it look even worse.

    • baseballisboring - Oct 30, 2011 at 7:30 PM

      Agreed, I highly doubt he ever gets another starting job in the big leagues.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Oct 30, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    No surprises here.

  3. kandh2004 - Oct 30, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    It’s funny how HBT called this when the GM said how good and underrated he was

  4. ddjesus - Oct 30, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Why wouldn’t Melvin stick up for YuBet? Yuni is a good character guy, it would be bad business to not talk him up. Best of.luck to Betancourt, it’s been… Interesting to see him as a Brewer.

  5. dannomac21 - Oct 30, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    kandh – pretty much any brewer fan, or any baseball fan with previous knowledge of betancourt’s game knew there was no way in hell he was going to be our longtime ss.

    we went into the season expecting he was going to play the field like he’s handcuffed. and that’s exactly what he did.

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