The Brewers agreed to a one-year, $4.215 million contract with right-hander Dave Bush on Monday, avoiding arbitration and leaving only two arbitration-eligible players left unsigned.
Bush had filed for $4.45 million in arbitration and the Brewers filed for $4.125 million, so the sides settled for a base salary just below the midpoint. He can earn the difference back and then some in bonuses for innings pitched, with $110,000 available.
Bush earned $4 million during a 2009 season marred by injury in which he went 5-9 with a 6.38 ERA in 21 starts and one relief appearance.
With Bush under contract, only two arbitration-eligible Brewers remained unsigned. Outfielder Corey Hart filed for $4.8 million, $650,000 more than the club’s $4.15 million offer, and reliever Carlos Villanueva filed for $1.075 million while the team offered $800,000.