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Milwaukee Brewers Notes, Quotes 2009-01-29

Milwaukee Brewers Notes, Quotes 2009-01-29
--1B Prince Fielder signed a two-year, $18 million contract, buying out his first two years of salary arbitration. Fielder had sought an $8 million salary for the 2009 season, with the Brewers offering $6 million. Instead, the sides worked out a two-year deal. Fielder received a $1 million signing bonus as well as a $6.5 million salary in 2009. Next year, he will make $10.5 million in salary. He can earn an additional $500,000 by accumulating 500 plate appearances in each season.

--INF Craig Counsell finalized a one-year, $1 million deal with the Brewers after passing a physical. The Milwaukee native became a free agent in November when the Brewers declined to exercise his $3.4 million option, but he will return to back up second base, shortstop and third base.

--RF Corey Hart filed a salary arbitration request of $3.8 million, with the club offering $2.7 million. Hart made $444,000 last season and is eligible for arbitration for the first time.

--2B Rickie Weeks filed for $2.8 million in arbitration, with the Brewers submitting an offer of $2 million. Weeks made $1,056,000 last year when eligible for arbitration for the first time.

--RHP Yovani Gallardo has been invited to play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. Because Gallardo missed most of the 2008 season after major knee surgery, the Brewers were talking to him about the wisdom of playing in the WBC but said they wouldn't stand in his way if he felt strongly about pitching for his native country.

BY THE NUMBERS: $80 million -- The Brewers' Opening Day payroll for 2008, a level they've already reached for this year.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "There are two requirements for a manager -- a good sense of humor and a good bullpen." -- Manager Ken Macha, relaying advice he once got from Whitey Herzog.

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Added: January 29, 2009

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