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Brewers Avoid Arbitration With All Players

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MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU) The Brewers reached contract agreements today with all three of its players that were still eligible for salary arbitration.

Closer John Axford got the biggest raise. The firm that represents him tweeted that Axford settled on a five-million dollar deal for 2013, plus incentives. Axford made 525-thousand dollars a year ago, when he had 35 saves in 44 chances. He finished second in the National League saves’ race in 2011 with a club record 45 saves, and he’s had 106 saves in his career with Milwaukee.Brewers’ negotiator Ted Werner said contract terms at this level are based on career figures – not necessarily just the previous season. Werner said Axford was an integral part of Milwaukee’s 2011 playoff team – and that figured into his salary.

Also, starter Marco Estrada agreed to a one-year package worth just under two-million dollars. Estrada quadrupled his salary from a year ago, when he made 486-thousand dollars with a 5-and-7 record but one of the best strikeout-to-walk ratios in the Majors with 143 K’s and 29 walks.

Badenhop was given just over one-and-a-half million dollars – a raise of a half-million from last year when he was with Tampa Bay. Werner said the Brewers were happy to get their arbitration deals out of the way so quote, “We can move forward and focus on baseball.”

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