Brewers, Marcum avoid arbitration with $3.95M agreement

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Most arbitration cases have been settled by now.  And if they haven’t, they’ll be resolved soon via arbitration hearings.

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers avoided arbitration late Wednesday evening with right-hander Shaun Marcum by agreeing to a one-year, $3.95 million contract for 2011.  The deal also carries some performance-based incentives.

The two sides had scheduled a hearing for Thursday, so the resolution comes at an ideal time.

Marcum requested $5 million and was offered $3 million from the Brewers when arbitration figures were exchanged last month.  The 29-year-old righty delivered a strong 3.64 ERA and 1.15 WHIP across 31 starts for the Blue Jays last season, fanning 165 batters in 195.1 innings and walking only 43.  He should go nuts this season in the National League Central.

Rangers will not exercise Mike Napoli’s 2018 option

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The Rangers have informed 1B/DH Mike Napoli the club will not exercise his 2018 option, worth $11 million, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Instead, the Rangers will pay Napoli $2.5 million to buy him out of his contract, making him a free agent.

Napoli, 35, hit a disappointing .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBI in 485 plate appearances this past season. Given his age and declining production, it’s not shocking that the Rangers want to look elsewhere.

Napoli turns 36 at the end of the month. Given his age and worsening peripheral stats, he will likely have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason.