MLB.com's Adam McCalvy tweets that the Brewers have come to terms on a one-year deal with swingman Carlos Villanueva worth $950,000 to avoid salary arbitration.
Villanueva made $447,000 in his final season before arbitration. His new deal is a 112.5% raise over last season. After exchanging figures with the Villanueva last week, the club worked with him to secure a deal to avoid arbitration, as they did with Todd Coffey and David Bush. Villanueva had asked for $1.075 million, while Milwaukee offered $800,000. The deal ended up $12,500 over the midpoint between the two.
Working primarily out of the pen, Villanueva had easily his most challenging season in 2009. He post a 4-10 record with an ERA of 5.34. In addition his hit and walk rates were at their worst last season. He'll be hoping to return to the form he showed from 2006-08 in his age 27 season.
Villanueva's signing reduces the number of players whose cases are pending to 26. The Brewers have one last pending case with an arbitration eligible player. They will have until hearings begin in February to sign Corey Hart. Please visit the salary arbitration figures page for more information.
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