K-Rod to become free agent at year's end

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Francisco Rodriguez and the Brewers have concept in place for him to waive his $17.5M vesting option that would have kicked in if he finished 55 games this season. The two sides are just working on final details that will allow him to become a free agent at season's end.

For now, Milwaukee will have co-closer situation. But without the $17.5M option, the door is opened for K-rod to eventually become closer,a currently heldheld by John Axford. The Mets, who traded K-Rod to the Brewers on Tuesday, never approached Rodriguez's new agent, Scott Boras, about agreeing to waive the option in exchange for money, although they had approached his previous agent, Paul Kinzer, about a possible extension, but talks didn't pan out