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Report: K-Rod vesting option waived

Posted on: July 15, 2011 5:24 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 6:06 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Francisco Rodriguez is now likely the Brewers full-time closer. When the Brewers traded for K-Rod earlier this week, the obvious notion was that he was unable to be the full-time closer due to his contract. Rodriguez had an option that would vest for $17.5 million for next season if he finished 55 games in 2010. There's no way the Brewers were going to have that burden, but now it doesn't matter. K-Rod has waived the vesting option for additional compensation, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler had noted this could happen, as K-Rod's new agent Scott Boras likes the idea of having the best available closer on the free agent market.

Rodriguez, 29, has converted 23 of 26 saves this season and has a 3.16 ERA. It's very probable he'll take over as the full-time closer for the Brewers now that the vesting option is off the table. He'll replace John Axford. Axford has converted 23 of 25 save chances and has a 2.83 ERA. The duo gives the Brewers a pretty formidable 1-2 punch at the back-end of the bullpen.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:12 pm
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Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2011 5:49 pm
 

Report: K-Rod vesting option waived

Yeah, I botched that age as I was looking at the save total at the same time. My bad and thanks.



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Report: K-Rod vesting option waived

First of all, he is 29 not 23.  Second, I don't think the Brewers are going to flat out remove Axford from the closers role unless he shows signs of falling apart.  He has saved 20 straight, and when he is on he has downright nasty stuff.  All waiving the option does is give the Brewers more flexibility on how they use the two of them.  They were kind of handcuffed with being able to only let him finish 20 games.  I'm not saying it won't happen.  If Axford struggles under the pressure of a September race for the Playoffs then yes, you go to K-rod. But with the success Axford had recently had I can't believe they would just replace him.  However it shakes out though, it makes for a pretty formidable 1-2 punch to close out games... As long as they find a way to stop getting pummeled 12-3 on the road that is.


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