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Brewers Avoid Arbitration With Two

MILWAUKEE, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) The Milwaukee Brewers agreed to new contracts Thursday for their only two players eligible for salary arbitration.  

Right-handed starter Marco Estrada accepted a one-year deal worth a reported three-point-three million dollars.  And infielder Juan Francisco agreed to sign a one-point-three-five million dollar package for this season.

 Both players can get more by achieving performance incentives in their packages.  But they've already gotten big raises from a year ago when Estrada made just under two-million-dollars, and Francisco 496-thousand.  

The Brewers had until noon yesterday to wrap up the new deals, or else they would have had to exchange salary proposals with the players in advance of arbitration hearings in February.  

Brewers' vice president Teddy Werner tells the Journal Sentinel that the agreements were both done within 10 minutes of today's deadline.  He said the team was happy to reach contract agreements because an arbitration hearing is quote, "an unpleasant process to go through."  

The 30-year-old Estrada was in his second year of being arbitration-eligible.  He went 7-and-4 last year with a three-point-eight-seven E-R-A.  Francisco batted .227 a year ago with 18 homers and 48 R-B-I's, including time spent with both Atlanta and Milwaukee.