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Francisco Rodriguez accepts arbitration from Brewers

Dec 7, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

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The Brewers offered arbitration to free agent right-hander Francisco Rodriguez last month in order to fetch draft picks when he signed elsewhere.

But the reliever market has been rough since Jonathan Papelbon scored a massive deal from the Phillies and now it appears that Milwaukee will be stuck with a high-priced setup man in 2012.

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, K-Rod will “probably” accept the Brewers’ offer of salary arbitration later tonight.

Rodriguez earned $11.5 million in 2011 and stands to make around $14 million for 2012 through the arbitration process. He posted a strong 2.64 ERA and 79/26 K/BB ratio over 71 2/3 innings this past year, but the low-budget Brewers don’t typically overpay relievers. Perhaps a trade will be coming.

UPDATE: MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy confirms that K-Rod has accepted arbitration.

  1. ufullpj - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    What a dick move by K-Rod

    Here’s hoping the Crew can trade him….because now, they can’t sign either a shortstop, 3B, or a 1B.

    • crpls - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:06 PM

      How is it a dick move? They offered him arbitration. They knew the risks.

      • ufullpj - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:18 AM

        It’s a dick move because he wasn’t going to accept, which is why they did it. Remember, they re-worked his contract last year to essentially make him a free agent – when they could have simply vested him and guaranteed his return for 2012 – but when he realized the market for his services wasn’t nearly as rosy as he / his representation assumed, he pulled an 11th hour move to accept.

        This caused MKE to table offers to Saito and essentially Hawkins as well. It may very well also impact their ability to sign Ramiraz or Rollins.

        So yes, if they did indeed have an arrangement, then it’s a dick move.. If it was a gamble on MKE’s part – which I highly doubt was the case without some assurances from K-Rod’s side – then it was a brutal gamble.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:09 PM

      Its only a dick move if they had a deal that he wouldn’t accept it. Otherwise its just him taking the best offer given to him.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    Not the best news but it does fill a need. If McGehee remembers how to hit, which I wont hold my breath on, this wont be as bad.

  3. purnellmeagrejr - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:10 AM

    he’s gone.

  4. Mr. Furious - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:48 AM

    IIRC, if they go all the way through the arbitration process, the contract is not guaranteed; that is, they can release him at some point before Opening Day and only owe him a portion (1/6th?) of the salary that was awarded by the arbitrator. My memory may be faulty, though, and it’s also possible that it’s changed with the new CBA.

    It’s still dead money if they go that route, but if they only owe him $2-ish million it’s not that bad if they really don’t want him around.

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