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...
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