By accepting arbitration last night Francisco Rodriguez shook up the Brewers’ offseason plans, forcing them to potentially step away from other free agents like Aramis Ramirez and Takashi Saito because he takes up so much of their remaining payroll space.
That could change if the Brewers end up trading Rodriguez or ownership signs off on more money to spend, but in the meantime Rodriguez’s decision has already cost them LaTroy Hawkins.
Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the Brewers “had Hawkins all but re-signed” but told him they wanted to wait to make things official until after Rodriguez made his decision.
Hawkins opted not to wait and instead agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Angels after the 38-year-old threw 48 innings with a 2.42 ERA and just one homer allowed for Milwaukee in 2011.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.