Brewers offer arbitration to three, decline offer to Gagne
MILWAUKEE -- Free agents CC Sabathia, Ben Sheets and Brian Shouse were offered salary arbitration Monday by the Brewers, ensuring Milwaukee will receive compensatory picks in next year's amateur draft if they sign elsewhere.
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Sabathia and Sheets are Type A free agents. Milwaukee would receive two draft picks if they sign with another club.
Shouse is a Type B free agent. Milwaukee would receive one supplemental draft pick if the left-hander leaves.
All three players have until Sunday to accept the offers.
Milwaukee declined to offer arbitration to right-hander Eric Gagne, who signed a $10 million, one-year deal before last season.
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