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Reliever Matt Wise and the Milwaukee Brewers agreed Thursday to a $1.7 million, two-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.
The 30-year-old right-hander made 49 appearances for the Brewers last season, going 4-4 with a 3.36 ERA. He had his first major league save on Aug. 5 at Philadelphia, then went on the disabled list with a strained muscle.
He gets a $100,000 signing bonus and salaries of $600,000 this year and $700,000 in 2007. In the second year of the contract, he can earn up to $100,000 in performance bonuses.
After the shock of being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers had worn off, the next thing Corey Koskie thought about was steak.
"Milwaukee has one of my favorite steakhouses," Koskie said Friday night by phone from his offseason home in Minnesota. "I don't know these guys at all, so I don't know what I bring yet. I've watched them play, and I've been impressed with the way they play the game."
Koskie was traded by Toronto to Milwaukee late Friday night for minor league pitcher Brian Wolfe. The third baseman became expendable after the Blue Jays acquired slugger Troy Glaus last month.
"Corey brings a presence to a ballclub," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. "I've seen enough of him through the years, we felt we could upgrade defensively with him."
The Milwaukee Brewers and Dan Kolb agreed Wednesday to a $2 million, one-year contract, a month after Milwaukee reacquired him from Atlanta.
Milwaukee allowed Kolb to become a free agent Dec. 21, a move that ensured he would not be eligible for salary arbitration.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the team is confident the 30-year-old can return to his form of 2003 and 2004, when he had 60 saves and a 2.55 ERA with Milwaukee. Kolb is expected to serve as a setup man for Derrick Turnbow.
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