Brewers, Marcum Avoid Arbitration

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

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.

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