Milwaukee Brewers Re-Sign Dave Bush to One-Year, $4 Million Deal

Lance LeQueAnalyst IJanuary 16, 2009


(courtesy Brewers.com)

The Milwaukee Brewers avoided arbitration by agreeing to sign pitcher Dave Bush to a $4 million, one-year contract on Thursday.

The 29-year-old right-hander was 9-10 with a 4.18 ERA in 31 outings last year, including 29 starts. In his final 18 games of the season, Bush went 7-3 with a 3.23 ERA. He was the starter and winning pitcher in the only game the Brewers won during their first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Bush made $2.5 million last season.

Four Brewers remained eligible to file for arbitration Thursday: first baseman Prince Fielder, right fielder Corey Hart, second baseman Rickie Weeks and right-hander Seth McClung.

My Take

While it was a smart move for the Brewers to lock up Bush, I think it should've been for a little less money. I'm not sure if Bush is really worth $4 million.

Next up on the "Hoping to Avoid Arbitration" list for the Brewers should be Prince Fielder and Corey Hart, for sure.

Hopefully we'll see them signed to long-term contracts, seeing as we have the extra money from missing out on CC Sabathia.

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