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Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Capuano agrees to $3.25 million deal, avoids arbitration

Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- Left-hander Chris Capuano and the Milwaukee Brewers agreed to a $3.25 million, one-year contract Wednesday, avoiding salary arbitration.

Capuano made the NL All-Star team last season but then had a poor second half, winning only one more game and finishing 11-12 with a 4.03 ERA in 34 starts. He asked for $3.7 million in arbitration Tuesday and the Brewers offered $2.8 million. He earned $450,000 last year.

The Brewers have four players still eligible for arbitration. Catcher Johnny Estrada asked for $3.9 million and was offered $3 million; utility player Tony Graffanino asked for $3.7 million and was offered $2.8 million; utility player Bill Hall asked for $4,125,000 and was offered $3 million; and right-hander Claudio Vargas asked for $2.85 million and was offered $2.15 million.

Milwaukee outfielder Kevin Mench agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.4 million Tuesday. He was obtained in a multiplayer trade that sent Carlos Lee to the Texas Rangers last July. Mench hit .230 with one home run and 18 RBIs in 40 games for the Brewers last season, when his salary was $2.8 million.