Friday, January 19, 2007
Graffanino agrees to $3.25 million, 1-year deal
MILWAUKEE -- Infielder Tony Graffanino and the Milwaukee
Brewers agreed Friday to a $3.25 million, one-year contract,
avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.
The 34-year-old hit .280 last season with two homers and 28 RBIs
in 236 at-bats, then became a free agent. He was offered salary
arbitration by the Brewers on Dec. 1 and accepted the offer six
days later, making him a signed player.
In addition to his salary, he would earn a $50,000 bonus if he
starts 120 games.
Milwaukee had submitted a $2.8 million figure Tuesday in
arbitration, and Graffanino asked for $3.7 million.
Three Brewers remain in arbitration: catcher Johnny Estrada,
utilityman Bill Hall and right-hander Claudio Vargas.
Left-hander Chris Capuano agreed to a $3.25 million, one-year
deal Wednesday, a day after outfielder Kevin Mench accepted a $3.4
million, one-year contract.