Wise move: Brewers avoid arbitration, sign reliever

Updated: January 13, 2006, 12:12 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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