Fielder, Brewers reach agreement

Updated: January 23, 2009, 2:23 PM ET
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MILWAUKEE -- First baseman Prince Fielder and the Milwaukee Brewers reached a preliminary agreement Thursday on an $18 million, two-year contract.

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The agreement is subject to a physical, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said.

While Melvin declined to discuss the contract's value, league sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney that Fielder will be paid $7.5 million for 2009, including a $1 million bonus, and $10.5 million in 2010.

Milwaukee renewed Fielder's contract last year for $670,000, and Fielder was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He asked for $8 million and the Brewers offered $6 million when figures were exchanged Tuesday.

He can become a free agent after the 2011 season.

"We'd know his salary for the next two years and still have him the following year when he goes back into the arbitration pool," Melvin said. "He's still our player, but there's an undefined salary for the third year."

In 2007, Fielder became the youngest player to hit 50 home runs, and he batted .288 with 119 RBIs. The 24-year-old hit .276 with 34 homers and 102 RBIs last year as Milwaukee reached the postseason for the first time since 1982.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.