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.
Awful news for the White Sox and reliever Danny Farquhar: the right-hander remains hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage, per a team announcement on Saturday. He’s in stable but critical condition after sustaining a “ruptured aneurysm [that] caused the brain bleed” on Friday.
Farquhar, 31, passed out in the dugout during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Astros. He regained consciousness shortly after the incident and was taken to RUSH University Medical Center, where he’s expected to continue treatment with Dr. Demetrius Lopez in the neurological ICU unit.
“It takes your breath away a little bit,” club manager Rick Renteria said following the game. “One of your guys is down there and you have no idea what’s going on. […] When one of your teammates or anybody you know has an episode, even if it’s not a teammate, something is going on, you realize everything else you keep in perspective. Everything has its place. It’s one of our guys, so we are glad he was conscious when he left here.”