Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Bush agrees to one-year, $2.55M deal

Dave Bush and the Milwaukee Brewers have officially avoided an arbitration hearing and agreed to a one-year, $2.55 deal this evening. The midpoint between the Brewers' offer and Bush's request was $2.625, so Melvin seems to have gotten a small victory in this contract.

I find it interesting that Tom Haudricourt printed an article this morning that had Doug Melvin shamelessly praising Bush. "We like David; we think he's a good pitcher," Melvin said.

"If you look at the guy, he has won 12 games each of the last two seasons and pitched around 200 innings. He's got a pretty good chance of being in the rotation."

I cannot help but think that this article was directed towards Bush and his agent. Semi-promising a starting spot to him and then signing him to a deal that is below what an arbitration hearing would have gotten him? Seems like a pretty good strategy from my standpoint.

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