Brewers' Fielder gets a hefty raise
By Sports Network
|Milwaukee Brewers Prince Fielder of the National League follows the flight of one of his 11 home runs during the first round of Major League Baseball's annual Home Run Derby during All-Star game festivities in St. Louis July 13, 2009. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- The Milwaukee Brewers signed Prince Fielder to a one-year, $15.5 million contract on Tuesday, avoiding the final year of arbitration with their All-Star first baseman.
The deal is the richest in franchise history and is $5 million more than Fielder earned in 2010.
Fielder regressed last season following a career year, batting just .261 with a .401 on-base percentage, 32 home runs and 83 RBI in 161 games.
As a 23-year old, he became the youngest player in history to hit 50 homers in a season, accomplishing the feat in 2007 when he finished third in the National League MVP voting.
In five-plus seasons with the Brewers, spanning 836 total games, Fielder has compiled a .279 batting average with 192 homers and 536 RBI.
Milwaukee also announced pitcher Manny Parra signed a one-year contract worth $1.2 million. He split time as a starter and reliever in 2010, finishing with a 5.02 earned-run average and a 3-10 record.
In 110 career games -- 74 starts -- the 28-year-old lefty is 24-30 with a 5.13 ERA.