K-Rod Stuns Brewers, Accepts Arbitration

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is reporting that former Met Francisco Rodriguez accepted the Brewers’ offer of salary arbitration on Wednesday night.

K-Rod had a $13.5 million dollar salary in 2011, and considering his solid season, he should fare well in arbitration. According to MLB rules, he cannot make less than 80% of his previous salary which in essence guarantees him $10.9 million.

The Brewers offered Rodriguez arbitration with the mindset he would turn it down and they would receive two high picks in the 2012 draft.

Now it looks like K-Rod could end up being the most expensive player on the Brewers’ roster next season, and one of the highest paid relievers this offseason in annual salary. Heath Bell just signed for $9M a year to close for the Marlins.

“We know going in there was a little bit of risk,” said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. “But it’s not a bad thing to have K-Rod back in the eighth inning and Axford in the ninth.”

Rodriguez, 30, thrived as setup man for the Brewers going 4-0 with a 1.86 earned run average in 31 appearances and held opponents to a .209 batting average. Including 42 outings with the Mets, he was 6-2 with a 2.64 ERA and 23 saves.

Still, $13M for a setup man is outrageous, and while K-Rod made a smart move, the Brewers got toasted on this one.  Another disaster averted by the Sandman.