Brewers sign Rodriguez to one-year deal worth $8 million
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brewers and reliever Francisco Rodriguez have agreed to an $8 million, one-year deal, avoiding arbitration.
Rodriguez, who had an $11.5 million salary last year, can make $625,000 in performance bonuses based on games finished: $125,000 each for 15, 20 and 25, and $250,000 for 30.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the team intends to keep Rodriguez rather than listening to trade proposals.
K-Rod arrived in Milwaukee in a trade with the New York Mets in July and pitched primarily in a setup role for closer John Axford. He made 31 appearances for the Brewers, going 4-0 with a 1.86 ERA.
“We feel very good about having him and Axford, and having them the whole year,” Melvin said. “We only had them half the season last year.”
Overall last season, Rodriguez was 6-2 with a 2.64 ERA. He had 23 saves, all with the Mets.
Rodriguez could have pursued free-agent opportunities as a closer in the offseason, but instead accepted the Brewers’ arbitration offer. Rodriguez has 291 saves.