The Associated Press reports that the Brewers have signed starter David Bush to a one-year contract worth $4.215 million. Last Tuesday Bush and the Brewers exchanged arbitration figures, with Bush seeking $4.45 million. Milwaukee countered with $4.125 million. The deal is $72,500 below the mid-point. The $4.215 million is a 5 percent raise from the $4 million he made last season, his second season of arbitration eligibility. Bush should be eligible for free agency after the 2010 season.
Bush had his least effective season as a major leaguer in 2009, accounting for the very small raise he received through arbitration. He went 5-9 with an ERA of 6.38. His peripherals were not as bad as his record or ERA indicate, but lack of control bedeviled him as he plunked a league high 15 batters in just 21 starts and struggled with the worst walk rate (2.9 BB/9 IP) of his career.
Bush's signing reduces the number of players whose cases are pending to 29. The Brewers have two pending cases with arbitration eligible players. They will have until hearings begin in February to sign Carlos Villanueva and Corey Hart. Please visit the salary arbitration figures page for more information.
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