Brewers restructure K-Rod's contract

New York Mets relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez yells out in celebration after striking out Los...

New York Mets relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez yells out in celebration after striking out Los Angeles Dodgers' Trent Oeltjen (not pictured) to beat the Dodgers 5-2 in their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles, California July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo

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Denver, CO - The Milwaukee Brewers will be free to use reliever Francisco Rodriguez as much as they want without having to worry about paying the veteran a huge vesting option for next season.

Acquired from the New York Mets Tuesday night, Rodriguez is in the final season of a three-year, $37 million deal. He had a $17.5 million vesting option guaranteed for 2012 if he finished another 21 games this season.

However, the Brewers and Rodriguez's new agent, Scott Boras, adjusted the deal, making the option a mutual one. That means both the team and player would have to agree for the option to be exercised.

Rodriguez went 2-2 with 23 saves and a 3.16 ERA in 42 games this season for the Mets. He holds the major league record for saves in a single season with 62, set in 2008 with the Angels.'


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