January 18, 2011

Prince Fielder has avoided arbitration with the Milwaukee Brewers and Heath Bell has done likewise with the San Diego Padres. Fielder and the Brewers agreed to a $15.5 million contract for the coming season while Bell will get $7.5 million from the Padres.

Fielder, 26, slumped last season from .299/.412/.602 with 46 home runs and 141 RBIs in 2009 to .261/.401/.871 with 32 homers and 83 RBIs in 2011. He is eligible for free agency after this season and has been the subject of trade talks.

Bell, 33, went 6-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 47 saves while anchoring a Padres bullpen that was one of the major reasons San Diego made a surprise run at a playoff spot, though they ultimately fell one game short. Bell also made his second consecutive National League All-Star team in 2010 and will be a free agent after this season.

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