The Brewers and pitcher Shaun Marcum have agreed to a deal, avoiding arbitration in advance of their Thursday hearing, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The deal is for one-year and will pay the right-hander $3.95MM, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.
With Marcum seeking $5MM and the club offering $3MM, the base figure falls just short of the midpoint. However, the deal will include performance bonuses that can push the deal beyond $4MM, according to McCalvy.
Last season, Marcum turned in a 3.64 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 31 starts for the Blue Jays. The 29-year-old is represented by Turner/Gary.
According to MLBTR's Arb Tracker, the Brewers are left with just one unsettled arbitration case: second baseman Rickie Weeks. Weeks wants $7.2MM for 2011 while the Brewers are offering $4.85MM. The two sides are scheduled to go to arbitration next Thursday but the club is said to be optimistic about reaching a deal beforehand.