Prince Fielder became the highest paid player in Milwaukee Brewers
franchise history on Tuesday.
The two sides avoided the final year of salary arbitration by agreeing to a $15.5-million contract for the upcoming 2011 season. The salary set a single season record for an arbitration-eligible player.
Fielder’s salary also topped the previous franchise-high salary of newly acquired right-handed pitcher Zach Greinke. Greinke is scheduled to make $13.5-million in 2011.
The Brewers also avoided arbitration with left-handed pitcher Manny Parra. The two sides reached a 1-year, $1.2-million deal.
Rickie Weeks, Shaun Marcum and reliever Kameron Loe all failed to reach a deal and exchanged salary figures with the Brewers.
Weeks filed for a $7.2-million salary, $2.35-million more than the Brewers offer. Marcum asked for a $5-million salary, $2-million more than the Brewers offer. Loe’s asking price is $1.65-million and the Brewers came in at just over $1-million.