Francisco Rodriguez accepts arbitration
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:33 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 1:46 am
By Matt Snyder
DALLAS -- Relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez has accepted arbitration, the MLB Players Association has announced via press release. This means he'll stay with the Brewers on a one-year deal. Last season, Rodriguez made over $12 million, so he's likely due a modest raise through the arbitration process.
With no World Series championship to show for 2011, it might be fair to say the Brewers' midseason trade for K-Rod has now backfired, to an extent. He's a special Type-A free agent in this new CBA agreement, so the Brewers would have gained a compensatory draft pick had he left. Not only that, they'd have that eight figures of payroll free to use elsewhere. Now, they are going to have a very expensive eighth-inning pitcher.
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It is worth noting that the Brewers could trade Rodriguez. A situation like this happened a few years ago when Rafael Soriano accepted arbitration from the Braves, who then traded him to the Rays.
Rodriguez, 29, is a four-time All-Star and holds the single-season record for saves with 62 (2008). After being traded to the Brewers, he was dominant, putting together a 1.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP with 33 strikeouts in 29 innings. He also had a baserunner strand rate of over 80 percent.
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