Prince Fielder became the highest paid player in Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers GM Doug Melvin

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.

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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.

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