The Milwaukee Brewers made the first splash of the trade season in the NL Central last night when they added late inning reliever Francisco Rodriguez. Rodriguez will give Milwaukee a strong combination in the back of the bullpen when paired with John Axford. However, the move comes at a big price. Rodriguez is making $11.5 M this year, and has a $3.5 M buyout on his option next year, which is almost a guarantee, since his option of $17.5 M is way too high.
I've talked a lot about how the Pirates could get a big upgrade to their team by giving up salary and very little else. I mentioned this yesterday when I talked about how the Cubs would be the perfect team for the Pirates to trade with, as they could get Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena for minimal return, outside of salary relief for the Cubs. The Rodriguez trade proves that point.
I calculated that Rodriguez has a value of -$1.6 M for the remainder of the 2011 season. Add in his $3.5 M buyout, and you've got a -$5.1 M val...
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