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Roenicke says K-Rod, Axford will both close

Posted on: July 13, 2011 4:44 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 9:48 am
 
So who closes games for the Brewers, incumbent John Axford (23 for 25 in saves this year) or newly acquired Francisco Rodriguez (23 for 26)?

How about both of them? Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com on Wednesday morning that both Axford and K-Rod will close, and both will set up.

We'll see how that works, but it could be the best way of dealing with egos and also (and significantly) with K-Rod's $17.5 million vesting option. The option vests when Rodriguez finishes 55 games, and K-Rod already finished 34 games with the Mets.

There is a danger, of course. If Axford has a few blown saves, the pressure would be on Roenicke to start using K-Rod every time.

Since K-Rod's new agent, Scott Boras, is believed to like the idea of taking him to the free-agent market this winter, it still seems possible that the Brewers could eventually negotiate a buyout to make the vesting option disappear -- and thus make it irrelevant how many games he finishes. Boras and K-Rod would have an incentive to do that kind of deal because K-Rod can best build his free-agent value if he is closing games, especially now that he's on a team in a pennant race.


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