Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Brewers and RHP Dave Bush avoid arbitration with $2.55 million, 1-year contract
MILWAUKEE -- Dave Bush and the Milwaukee Brewers agreed to a
$2.55 million, one-year contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing.
The right-hander, who made $400,000 last season, had asked for
$3 million in arbitration while the Brewers offered $2.25 million.
Under Tuesday night's agreement, Bush could make an additional
$50,000 if he pitches 210 innings.
One of eight Brewers competing for a role in the starting
rotation, Bush joined Milwaukee along with outfielder Gabe Gross
and left-hander Zach Jackson in the trade that sent first baseman
Lyle Overbay to Toronto in December 2005.
Bush has been a rotation mainstay, making at least 31 starts
each of the past two years with records of 12-11 and 12-10. This
year, though, his ERA increased to 5.12 from 4.41 while he led the
team in strikeouts (134).
Bush has a 34-36 career record with a 4.53 ERA in 103 career
starts and five relief appearances over four seasons with Milwaukee
The only Brewers player still in arbitration is shortstop J.J.