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Marlins Will Not Re-Sign Rodriguez

October 2, 2000

MIAMI (AP) _ The Florida Marlins will not exercise a one-year option on Henry Rodriguez’s contract, making the 32-year-old outfielder eligible for free agency.

Acquired from the Chicago Cubs in late August for a pair of minor-leaguers, Rodriguez hit .269 with just two home runs and 10 RBIs in 36 games with Florida.

With the Marlins’ payroll expected to rise from about $19 million to $30 million next season, Rodriguez’s contract was too expensive, especially with such little production.

Rodriguez had a $4.5 million salary this season, and the Marlins held a $5.2 million club option on him for 2001 with a $600,000 buyout. He’s was paid about $1.5 million for the two months he played with Florida, but the Cubs gave the Marlins about $1.1 million.

The Marlins have three days to exercise the option after the season, but general manager Dave Dombrowski said Sunday that it would not happen.

``We are not going to exercise the option on Henry Rodriguez. We’ve already told Henry that,″ he said.

In three seasons with the Cubs, Rodriguez had 75 home runs and 223 RBIs.

In exchange for Rodriguez, Chicago acquired outfielder-first baseman Ross Gload and left-hander David Noyce _ neither among the top prospects in Florida’s talent-rich, minor league system.

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