The Brewers agreed to a one-year, $2.05 million contract with reliever Hoby Milner to avoid arbitration, FanSided’s Robert Murray reported on Wednesday.
Source: Hoby Milner, Brewers settle at $2.05 million, avoiding arbitration.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) January 10, 2024
The deal comes in a few hundred thousand dollars higher than the $1.7 million salary MLB Trade Rumors projected for Milner in arbitration this winter.
Thursday afternoon is the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to submit salary figures for 2024. The Brewers still have six such players who have not agreed to a new contract, and they’re likely to settle with more of those players in the coming days to avoid hearings.
Milner joined the Brewers on a minor-league deal before the 2021 season and has been an unsung hero in the bullpen the last two seasons.
The southpaw has appeared in 140 games during that span, posting a 2.79 ERA and 3.15 FIP. His sinker and sweeping breaking ball have produced an effective combination of weak contact (34.3% hard hit rate) and strikeouts (23.5%, slightly above the league average).
While Milner is most often called upon to face left-handed batters, he has also proven capable against right-handers, holding them to a .695 OPS and .302 wOBA over the last two seasons.
Milner figures to resume his role as a durable member of Pat Murphy’s bullpen in 2024. He is controllable through the 2025 season.