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Brewers and Shaun Marcum Come to Terms for 2012
By JB Brewers Tickets Fan | Posted Wednesday, February 8
Shaun Marcum's shaky performance in the 2011 post-season might have cost him millions. On Friday, the both sides came to an agreement over salary options that have been top of mind since mid-January.
Marcum, and his agent Rex Gary, first came to the table with an $8.7 million demand, citing what Cubs pitcher Matt Gaza, settled with during his arbitration. Gaza has the possibility of earning $9.5 million. The Brewers countered Marcum’s bid with an offer of 6.75 million. The negotiations got bogged down until this past weekend when both parties agreed to a $7.75 million, one-year contract. The ink on the contract dried just minutes before the deadline.
Marcum's strategy of asking for a comparable salary would have paid off were it not for his sudden slide in the playoffs. After going 13-7 with a 3.54 ERA during the regular season, Marcum slumped in all three of his post-season appearances. His playoff numbers were 0-3, with a 14.90 ERA.
This isn't the first time that the Brewers have gone down to the wire with Marcum. Prior to the pitcher's first season with the team, both sides settled at $3.95 million for one year, the night before the deadline.
Meanwhile, the Brewers signed a number of pre-arbitration contracts this past week. Jose Veras is the only remaining Brewers player who hasn't reached an agreement with the team. Werner said to expect a hearing to settle terms with Veras. He wants $2.375 million for the year.
Milwaukee Brewers Pre-Arbitration Signings
• Mat Gamel
• Taylor Green
• Eric Farris
• Zelous Wheeler
• Logan Schafer
• Santo Manzanillo