K-Rod will probably accept arbitration

> Well, this is just great.

> Multiple sources are telling me that reliever Francisco Rodriguez is probably going to accept arbitration. The deadline for accepting or declining arbitration is 11 P.M. CT (in other words, about a half hour), but Rodriguez has yet to decide. But, it’s likely that he will accept, unfortuantely.

I wouldn’t have a problem with this if it weren’t for the financial situation it puts the Brewers in (and Rodriguez’s attitude doesn’t really help either). If Rodriguez does accept, it will definitely force the Brewers to look into the trade market to fill their holes, because they’ll barely have any money left to spend on the free agent market.

Which is too bad, because I was hoping the Brewers would sign third baseman Aramis Ramirez. But, Rodriguez accepting arbitration won’t allow the Brewers to meet Ramirez’s terms.

But at least it’ll be a seven inning game again in 2012, assuming K-Rod isn’t going to whine about his setup role again. John Axford is going to be the Brewers’ closer for awhile, so we can’t have Rodriguez asking for save situations. The only situation that Rodriguez would actually get a chance to close is if Axford goes into a slide where he’s struggling to find the plate (he does have a history with that, but it hasn’t shown up in awhile). But, then again, Rodriguez can be a bit erratic at times as well.

Back to the contract situation, though. The case with arbitration contracts it that the player can be cut during Spring Training, and the team would only have to pay one-sixth of the player’s contract. Now, I highly doubt this is going to be the case with Rodriguez, but, if he keeps being a jerk and a bad influence on the team, that could cost him.

> All of a sudden, the Marlins are out of the running for Albert Pujols. Wasn’t it just last night that they were demanding a response from Pujols on a monster 10-year deal?

Pujols’ agent, Dan Lozano, called the Marlins earlier today to inform them that they were out of the running. In response to that, the Marlins went out and signed Mark Buehrle to a four-year, $58 million deal. That adds to the collection already made up of Heath Bell and Jose Reyes.

Anyway, back to Pujols. The Angels have replaced the Marlins as the top contender (aside from the Cardinals) to land Pujols, and that actually makes sense for a few reasons. First off, Los Angeles is a pretty big market (don’t let the Dodgers fool you, they’re just bankrupt). Second, the Angels need offense, just like every other west coast team. So it’s a pretty good fit.

I’ve been hearing there are also a few mystery teams involved with Pujols, but it’s still unknown who th0se teams are.

> LaTroy Hawkins is officially leaving with the Brewers. The Angels are supposedly putting finishing touches on a one-year deal with him because they need veteran presence at the back end of their bullpen (something the Brewers could use right now as well).

So, farewell, LaTroy. Thanks for your time with the Crew, and good luck with the Angels, and wherever else you end up after that.

> And that’s about it. There were tons of minor trades and signings today, such as Erik Bedard signing with the Pirates, and Huston Street being traded to the Padres, but I can’t go in depth on those right now. When Prince Fielder and Pujols are on the market, deals like that just get overlooked.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.

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