Dec 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT
By accepting arbitration last night Francisco Rodriguez shook up the Brewers’ offseason plans, forcing them to potentially step away from other free agents like Aramis Ramirez and Takashi Saito because he takes up so much of their remaining payroll space.
That could change if the Brewers end up trading Rodriguez or ownership signs off on more money to spend, but in the meantime Rodriguez’s decision has already cost them LaTroy Hawkins.
Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the Brewers “had Hawkins all but re-signed” but told him they wanted to wait to make things official until after Rodriguez made his decision.
Hawkins opted not to wait and instead agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Angels after the 38-year-old threw 48 innings with a 2.42 ERA and just one homer allowed for Milwaukee in 2011.
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