Brewers Sign Belliard, 2 Pitchers
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ The Milwaukee Brewers agreed to one-year contracts Thursday with infielder Ronnie Belliard and pitchers Valerio De Los Santos and Jamey Wright, avoiding salary arbitration with all three.
Pitcher Chad Fox is the only Milwaukee player still in salary arbitration.
The Brewers also agreed to a minor league contract with catcher Marcus Jenson and invited him to spring training as a non-roster player.
Belliard, 26, gets $1.65 million. He hit .264 with a career-high 11 home runs and 36 RBIs for the Brewers last year and made five errors in 101 games at second base.
Belliard was originally selected by the Brewers in the eighth round of the 1994 amateur draft. In 385 major league games, he has a .274 batting average with 27 homers and 176 RBIs.
Wright, 27, went 11-12 last year with a 4.90 ERA and a career-best 129 strikeouts. He set a team record by hitting 20 batters. He is 43-54 in 151 career games.
De Los Santos, 26, made one appearance for the Brewers last season before going to the DL with arm trouble. The left-hander pitched one inning on April 3 at Houston and tore a ligament in his left elbow. He is expected to be ready for spring training next month.
De Los Santos, who got a raise from $275,000 to $300,000, was originally signed by the Brewers in 1993 and is 2-4 with a 4.73 ERA in 87 games with Milwaukee.
Jensen, 29, played for the Boston and Texas organizations last year. He played in 12 major league games for the Red Sox and the Rangers, hitting .172 with two RBIs.
Jensen was in the Brewers system in 1998 and played in two games for Milwaukee after spending most of the season with Triple-A Louisville.