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Report: Francisco Rodriguez accepts Brewers’ arbitration offer

Dec 7, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

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10:30 p.m. EST update: A source told Venezuelan reporter Marcos Grunfeld that Francisco Rodriguez has accepted the arbitration offer. U.S. sources Danny Knobler and Jon Heyman haven’t comfirmed, but they do say it’s likely.

6:15 p.m. EST update: A Boras rep told the Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt that K-Rod has yet to decide on arbitration. The deadline is midnight eastern tonight.


MLB Network’s Peter Gammons said differently yesterday, but’s Ken Rosenthal indicates that Francisco Rodriguez is likely to accept arbitration from the Brewers prior to the midnight deadline tonight.

Rodriguez had drawn interest from the Mets and Padres, but both of those teams have filled their closer’s roles in the last 24 hours. The Mets signed Frank Francisco for two years and $12 million last night, while the Padres acquired Huston Street from the Rockies earlier today.

Rodriguez doesn’t want to serve as a setup man for John Axford again, but with the closer market dwindling, he could stand to make far more money in arbitration than elsewhere. Rosenthal speculates that he’d earn $13 million next year that way. It’s possible a trade could follow; when Rafael Soriano surprised the Braves by accepting arbitration two years ago, a deal with the Rays was quickly worked out afterwards. As much as K-Rod wants to close, he probably wouldn’t stand in the way.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Were the Brewers really anticipating this. Potentially being on the hook for about $14MM to Rodriguez when they have Axford making the league minimum.

    • dwrek5 - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      I thought for sure (as rumored) they had a gentlemen’s agreement to decline.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:21 PM

        If that was the case one of them is no gentlemen.

  2. sasman50 - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    I think GM Doug Melvin made a ‘oops’ on this one,,, the club is money strapped already. We’ll have to see how this plays out

  3. tgifinley88 - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    kiss any chance at aramis ramirez goodbye

  4. orangeflh - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Poop, I sure hope the Mad Canuck pulls a rabbit out of his hat on this deal.

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