Thursday turned out to be a busy day for the Brewers — not only did they bring Kelvim Escobar out of virtual retirement with a minor league deal, but they also avoided arbitration with left-hander Chris Narveson.
Narveson, who continues to work his way back from rotator cuff and labrum surgery, will make $840,000 in 2013. He made $500,000 last season, pitching in just nine innings over two starts before the injury.
His recovery time at the time of surgery (May 1) was estimated at 6-9 months, and all reports have indicated he should be ready for Spring Training. With no other left-handed starters on the roster (unless you count Tom Gorzelanny), Narveson is probably penciled back into his #5 spot in the rotation.
Before the injury, Narveson was coming off back-to-back solid seasons at the back end of the Brewers’ rotation. He was good for a combined 3.4 fWAR in 2010 and 2011, and he carries a career 4.19 FIP.
Narveson was one of five Brewers eligible for arbitration this winter. John Axford, Burke Badenhop, Marco Estrada and Carlos Gomez are the remaining arbitration-eligibles.