Jose Veras was the first Brewers player to take the team to arbitration since Corey Hart in 2010. Unlike Hart, Veras lost his case, and will earn $2 million in 2012. He had submitted a figure of $2.375 million.
The Brewers’ arbitration win pushes the owners’ “record” to 4-2 in arby cases this month, with the only two player wins coming from a pair of Miami Marlins — Anibal Sanchez and Emilio Bonifacio. All-time, the owners are now 290-213.
The Brewers are now 3-2 in arbitration hearings dating back to 1991, but it’s their first hearing win since 1994, when the club beat Mike Fetters. They also won a case against Jim Gantner in 1991. The only players to ever beat the Brewers in a hearing are Hart and Jose Mercedes, who won his case for $1.050 million in 1998, and wound up appearing in only 7 games for the Brewers that season.
Considering Veras was a minor league free agent before last season, he’ll probably be happy either way, but you can’t blame him for trying to squeeze out an extra few hundred grand. According to FanGraphs, Veras was worth about $2.3 million last season, so he’ll be worth the money if he can repeat last year’s performance.
With Veras’ salary for 2012 likely cemented (as we mentioned yesterday, arbitration contracts are still not fully-guaranteed), we get a better idea for what the Brewers’ payroll will be heading into Opening Day. Monday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports projected the Brewers’ 2012 payroll at $98 million.