Dec 9, 2011, 11:51 AM EST
Francisco Rodriguez threw a wrench into the Brewers’ payroll plans by accepting arbitration and locking them into a one-year deal for at least $12 milllion, causing them to lose LaTroy Hawkins and potentially scale back efforts to sign other free agents.
However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the Brewers have gotten interest in Rodriguez from “a handful of teams.”
Rosenthal says they don’t necessarily plan to trade Rodriguez if he’s willing to accept a setup man role, but odds are the Brewers don’t want to pay $12 million for 65 innings of work in front of a closer earning the league minimum.
Milwaukee is unlikely to get much in return for Rodriguez, but if they can shed his salary, add a decent prospect, and reinvest the money in other areas like they were initially planning it makes plenty of sense.
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