Brewers decline 2012 options on K-Rod and Betancourt

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With option decisions due by midnight Monday, teams are beginning to make things official. We’ll have all of the transactions as they stream in.

Here are some obvious ones.

According to the Associated Press, via the New York Post, the Brewers have declined a $17.5 million mutual option on right-hander Francisco Rodriguez, paying him a $4 million buyout instead.

Rodriguez posted a strong 2.64 ERA and 79/26 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings this season between the Mets and Brewers, and he should draw many suitors on the open market this winter, but $17.5 million is a pretty penny for any reliever — no matter how dominant.

The Brewers also declined a $6 million option on shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt. He has slugged a total of 29 home runs over the past two seasons, but he’s a poor defender and owns a pitiful .292 career on-base percentage. The next team to give him a try should strongly consider a position change.