Brewers, K-Rod settle for $8 million
The Brewers and reliever Francisco Rodriguez agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract just ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for arbitration-eligible players and their teams to exchange figures.
Rodriguez was the team’s trickiest case because he was a free agent who accepted arbitration, not a player with the usual 3-6 years of Major League service, and because he is a career closer who is serving as a set-up man with the Brewers. Those factors could have made for an interesting debate between the Brewers and agent Scott Boras about Rodriguez’s value in the current market.
Per club policy, the Brewers did not announce any salary information but an industry source confirmed the $8 million base salary. Rodriguez earned $11.5 million during a 2011 season split between the Mets and Brewers.
Instead, the sides settled just before Tuesday’s noon CT deadline for teams and players to exchange salary proposals. With Rodriguez’s deal done, the Brewers were still working on three arbitration-eligible pitchers: starter Shaun Marcum and relievers Kameron Loe and Jose Veras.
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