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Brewers, Marcum avoid arbitration with $3.95M agreement

Feb 9, 2011, 10:44 PM EDT

Blue Jays pitcher Shaun Marcum throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

Most arbitration cases have been settled by now.  And if they haven’t, they’ll be resolved soon via arbitration hearings.

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers avoided arbitration late Wednesday evening with right-hander Shaun Marcum by agreeing to a one-year, $3.95 million contract for 2011.  The deal also carries some performance-based incentives.

The two sides had scheduled a hearing for Thursday, so the resolution comes at an ideal time.

Marcum requested $5 million and was offered $3 million from the Brewers when arbitration figures were exchanged last month.  The 29-year-old righty delivered a strong 3.64 ERA and 1.15 WHIP across 31 starts for the Blue Jays last season, fanning 165 batters in 195.1 innings and walking only 43.  He should go nuts this season in the National League Central.

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