Wise move: Brewers avoid arbitration, sign reliever

MILWAUKEE -- Reliever Matt Wise and the Milwaukee Brewers
agreed Thursday to a $1.7 million, two-year contract that avoided
salary arbitration.

The 30-year-old right-hander made 49 appearances for the Brewers
last season, going 4-4 with a 3.36 ERA. He had his first major
league save on Aug. 5 at Philadelphia, then went on the disabled
list with a strained muscle.

He gets a $100,000 signing bonus and salaries of $600,000 this
year and $700,000 in 2007. In the second year of the contract, he
can earn up to $100,000 in performance bonuses.

"Matt's ability to retire batters in tough situations makes him
one of the premier setup relievers in baseball," Milwaukee general
manager Doug Melvin said.

Two Brewers remain eligible for arbitration: outfielder Brady
Clark and pitcher Tomo Ohka.

Milwaukee also invited minor league left-hander Mitch Stetter to
spring training with the major league team.