Marcum, K-Rod, Gonzalez become free agents

The day after the World Series is the first day players can elect free agency and a trio of Brewers did.

The day after the World Series ends is often a busy day for players electing to declare for free agency.


That was the case Monday for three players that spent last season with the Milwaukee Brewers.


Shortstop Alex Gonzalez, right-hander Shaun Marcum and reliever Francisco Rodriguez all officially elected for free agency.


The Brewers also announced they’ve activated first baseman Mat Gamel, left-hander Chris Narveson and Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list.


Gonzalez hit .259 with four homers and 15 RBI in 24 games with the Brewers in 2012 before tearing his ACL on May 5 in San Francisco.


Signed as a free agent prior to the season, the 35-year-old had a vesting option that would have kicked in for $4 million if he had reached 525 plate appearances this past season.


Marcum, 30, made just 21 starts for the Brewers in 2012 due to elbow tightness, tossing 124 innings, going 7-4 with a 3.70 earned run average.


Acquired from Toronto prior to the 2011 season, Marcum went 20-11 with a 3.60 ERA in 324.2 innings with the Brewers.


Rodriguez was an important cog out of the Brewers bullpen in 2011 after being acquired on July 12 of that year.


He posted a 1.86 ERA in 29 innings, but was unable to duplicate that success in 2012.


Rodriguez appeared in 78 games and threw 72 innings, but had a 4.38 ERA, went 2-7 with seven blown saves.


The Brewers 40-man roster now stands at 36.

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