Brewers and Rodriguez rework contract option



DENVER (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers and newly acquired reliever Francisco Rodriguez have reworked his contract to alter the terms of a $17.5 million option for next year.

The Brewers said Friday the sides agreed to change an option for next season from one that would have vested once Rodriguez finished 55 games to a straight mutual option. If both sides don’t agree to exercise the option then Rodriguez will get a $4 million buyout, an increase from $3.5 million.

Rodriguez was acquired from the New York Mets following Tuesday’s All-Star game in exchange for cash and two players to be named.

The Brewers also said that Rodriguez, who wore the No. 75 in his first game with Milwaukee on Thursday, had switched his jersey number Friday to 57, which he wore as a member of the Angels.