Earlier tonight, Francisco Rodriguez accepted arbitration from the Brewers, making him one of three free agents to do so (David Ortiz and Kelly Johnson being the others). Rodriguez now stands to earn approximately $13MM via salary arbitration, a decision which isn't without impact on the dealings of his team.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports (via Twitter) that the Brewers had a potential deal with LaTroy Hawkins agreed upon, but that general manager Doug Melvin asked Hawkins to wait on K-Rod's answer. Hawkins instead turned around and signed with the Angels for one year and $3MM, a move which Melvin "didn't blame him" for.
Beyond that, Melvin adds that the Brewers are likely withdrawing their pursuit of Takashi Saito "for now," and that it's "possible" that this will have an impact on the club's ability to pursue Aramis Ramirez, for whom they were a reported favorite (Twitter links from Haudricourt).
In a final tweet, Haudricourt points out the i...