January 18, 2011 / 8:11 PM / 7 years ago

Fielder gets record $15.5 million deal with Brewers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder has agreed to a club-record $15.5 million, one-year contract, Major League Baseball’s official website said Tuesday.

Milwaukee Brewers' Prince Fielder of the National League watches the flight of a ball in Major League Baseball's annual Home Run Derby during All-Star game festivities in St. Louis July 13, 2009. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

The deal, which allowed the Brewers to avoid arbitration, tops by $2 million what the Brewers have agreed to pay newly acquired pitcher Zack Greinke, the website (www.mlb.com) said.

“It’s a big number. We’re expecting Prince to go out there and have a big year,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the website.

Fielder earned $10.5 million in 2010 while batting .261 with 32 home runs and 83 runs batted in.

The Brewers also signed left-hander Manny Parra to a one-year contract worth $1.2 million. Parra posted a 3-10 record in 2010.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina. Editing by Steve Ginsburg. To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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