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- Four Milwaukee Brewers remain eligible for salary arbitration – and they traded proposals with the team yesterday.
MILWAUKEE - Four Milwaukee Brewers remain eligible for salary arbitration – and they traded proposals with the team yesterday.
Reliever Todd Coffey had the largest pay gap. He wanted just under two-and-a-half million dollars for this year, while the Brewers offered 745-thousand dollars less. Outfielder Corey Hart asked for four-point-eight-million, and the team offered 650-thousand less. Starter Dave Bush asked for just under four-and-a-half million, and the Brewers offered 325-thousand less. And reliever Carlos Villanueva wanted almost one-point-one million, and the club offered 275-thousand dollars less.
The players can keep negotiating until mid-February, when salary arbitration hearings begin. In recent years, the Brewers have always reached contract agreements before the hearings begin. General manager Doug Melvin has never had an arbitration hearing since joining Milwaukee at the end of 2002.
Yesterday, the Brewers avoided arbitration for second baseman Rickie Weeks and center-fielder Carlos Gomez. Weeks agreed to take two-and-three-quarter million dollars this season. Gomez will get one-point-one million.