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Brewers decline option on SS Betancourt

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Associated Press
October 31, 2011
— Milwaukee Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez was among the 148 players who became free agents on Sunday.

K-Rodís deal was reworked when he was traded from the New York Mets during the All-Star break, changing it to a mutual option from a $17.5 million option that would have become guaranteed had he finished 55 games.


Rodriguez, used as a setup man by the Brewers, gets a $4 million buyout, up from the original $3.5 million. According to the reworking of the option, it would only have come into effect if he met the 55 games finished requirement, and he fell 32 short.


In addition, the Brewers declined a $6 million club option on shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, who gets a $2 million buyout.


Meanwhile, the Yankees have made a contract offer to ace CC Sabathia, who has until today to decide whether to opt out of the $92 million and four years remaining on his current deal.


If he opts out, the 31-year-old left-hander would become the top pitcher on the free-agent market.


This yearís free agents are headed by Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Jose Reyes, C.J. Wilson, Edwin Jackson and Mark Buehrle.


Decisions on club and player options must be made by the end of today. Free agents can start signing with teams Thursday.



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