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Associated Press
January 21, 2010
— Left-hander Doug Davis and the Brewers are close to finishing a $5.25 million, one-year contract to bring the former starter back to Milwaukee.

The deal will be finalized in the coming days, a person with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal hadnít been completed.


The terms were earlier reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Davis will be guaranteed $4.25 million this season, and the deal includes a $6.5 million mutual option for 2011 with a $1 million buyout. With performance bonuses, Davis could make $12.75 million over the two years.


Davis pitched for Milwaukee from 2003-06, then was traded to Arizona. He was 9-14 with a 4.12 ERA last season.


Davis is the second starter coming to Milwaukee this offseason after the Brewers gave left-hander Randy Wolf a $29.75 million, three-year deal. Davisí addition will give Milwaukee six starting pitchers heading into 2011, but three of them have concerns on a starting staff that had the worst ERA in the majors last season.


The top of the rotation should include right-hander Yovani Gallardo, Wolf and Davis, while left-hander Manny Parra (11-11, 6.36 ERA last season). Right-handers Dave Bush (5-9, 6.38 ERA) and Jeff Suppan (7-12, 5.29 ERA) will compete for the final two starting slots.


Davis went 37-36 with a 3.92 ERA over his 3Ĺ seasons in Milwaukee before being dealt to Arizona for catcher Johnny Estrada in a six-player swap in November 2006, but heís been able to handle a heavy workload wherever heís pitched.


Davis has made at least 33 starts in five of the last six seasons and thrown at least 200 innings in four of the last six seasons.



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