Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 12/8/11
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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 closed out 21 games with the Brewers, who acquired him during the All-Star Game in July. Shortly after, the team and Rodriguez's agent, Scott Boras, reworked that deal to make the option mutual and replaced 500,000 in incentive bonuses with guaranteed money.At the time, the plan was to use both players in the role, but Axford was perfect through the end of the regular season and though he expressed displeasure with the role, Rodriguez performed well. He appeared in 31 games, posing a 4-0 record and a 1.86 ERA.The Brewers had little interest in resigning Rodriguez but offered him arbitration anyway in the hopes of ...
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