Found December 08, 2011 on Brewers Bar:
So Francisco Rodriguez is going to accept arbitration. Now what? The Brewers have a few options to mull over, if they haven't already.Keep Him. Whatever K-Rod makes -- presumably somewhere above $12 million, maybe closer to $14 million -- would put a significant strain on the Brewers' payroll and likely blow up any other plans they had this offseason, but at least they would have most of their bullpen returning. With John Axford making near the league minimum, the Brewers would basically be paying around $14 million to cover the 8th and 9th innings. That's still not exactly the best way for a small-market team to allocate its resources, but at least the Brewers could feel good about their chances after 7 innings most nights. You know, assuming he doesn't immediately raise a stink about not closing.Cut Him. Arbitration salaries are non-guaranteed. The Brewers could release him during spring training and be on the hook for as little as 1/6th the salary. The problem h...

Francisco Rodriguez Likely To Accept Arbitration

Francisco Rodriguez will likely accept the Brewers' arbitration offer, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). Marcos Grunfield was first to report that the reliever is expected to accept (Twitter link). Milwaukee's decision to offer arbitration to Rodriguez was somewhat surprising, considering the right-hander earned $11.5MM last year the team could only...

Francisco Rodriguez Accepts Milwaukee Brewers Salary Arbitration, Guarantees Prince Fielder Exit

Francisco Rodriguez has accepted the Milwaukee Brewers’ salary arbitration offer, guaranteeing two things in Milwaukee. First, the Brew Crew will have a dominant 1-2 combination at the back end of the bullpen, but more importantly, this move all but guarantees that Prince Fielder will sign with a new team this offseason. The move is surprising on many fronts. I am...

K-Rod accepts arbitraton offer from Brewers

MILWAUKEE According to reports, Francisco Rodriguez has accepted the Brewers' arbitration offer.The right-hander had until 11 p.m. to accept the offer. The Brewers had no interest in retaining Rodriguez's services and he was looking to land a deal that would allow him to close.Rodriguez originally had a 17.5 million option for 2012 that would have become guaranteed had he...

Rodriguez's decision could break Brewers' budget

When the Brewers offered salary arbitration to free-agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez, the primary thought was getting two draft picks as compensation should he sign with another club. But what if "K-Rod" accepts?

Francisco Rodriguez accepts Brewers' offer of salary arbitration

DALLAS - The Milwaukee Brewers' first "acquisition" of the off-season is a rather pricey setup man. Free-agent...

K-Rod Stuns Brewers, Accepts Arbitration

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is reporting that former Met Francisco Rodriguez accepted the Brewers’ offer of salary arbitration on Wednesday night. K-Rod had a $13.5 million dollar salary in 2011, and considering his solid season, he should fare well in arbitration. According to MLB rules, he cannot make less than 80% of his previous salary which in essence...

K-Rod accepts Brewers' offer of arbitration

Free-agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez accepted the Brewers' offer of salary arbitration Wednesday night, in essence becoming a signed player for 2012 with a salary to be determined. Because he had a $13.5 million salary in 2011, "K-Rod" could be the most expensive player on the team's roster next season.

Brewers awaiting K-Rod's arbitration decision

The Brewers spent much of Wednesday at the Winter Meetings in a holding pattern while waiting to hear whether free-agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez would accept the club's offer of arbitration.

Ortiz, K-Rod, Johnson accept arbitration

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, Milwaukee reliever Francisco Rodriguez and Toronto second baseman Kelly Johnson have accepted salary arbitration offers from their former teams. The three are considered signed players for 2012 following Wednesday night's decisions. The 36-year-old Ortiz has been with Boston since 2003. He hit .309 last season with 29 homers and...

K-Rod Accepts Arbitration With Brewers

Doug Melvin and the Milwaukee Brewers took a calculated gamble by offering Francisco Rodriguez arbitration earlier this offseason. They expected the right-hander to decline arbitration in pursuit of a closer’s role and a multi-year deal elsewhere, and Milwaukee would garner two draft picks in the process. Teams started snapping up available closers, however, and Rodriguez sat on...
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