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K-Rod's deal makes 2012 mutual option

Updated: July 16, 2011, 2:21 PM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

The Milwaukee Brewers and Francisco Rodriguez have negotiated a new structure of the reliever's contractual clause, and the end result now is that the Brewers can use K-Rod in any role -- including closer -- without being locked into $17.5 million deal for the 2012 season.

As the Brewers acquired Rodriguez earlier this week, he was 21 games finished away from having his vesting option of $17.5 million for 2012 kick in.

The Brewers, already committed to pay at least $3.5 million ...

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