Marcum, K-Rod, Gonzalez become free agents
OCT 29, 2012 12:57p ET
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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