MILWAUKEE Brewers general manager Doug Melvin avoided arbitration with two more players this week, signing outfielder Carlos Gomez and left-handed pitcher Manny Parra to one-year contracts.
Gomez returns for a third season in Milwaukee and is expected to again play behind Nyjer Morgan also arbitration-eligible in center in 2012. Gomez, 26,lost the starting job to Morgan last season but still appeared in 94 games and played a key role as a late-inning defensive replacement and pinch runner while hitting .225 with eight home runs and 24 RBI.
His deal is worth 1,962,500, and Gomez can earn 25,000 bonuses for 450, 475, 500 and 525 plate appearances.
Parra, 29,is trying to bounce back from an injury-riddled 2011 season that kept him out of the majors and limited him to just eight minor league appearances. He went 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA in one outing with Class A Wisconsin and seven with Class AAA Nashville.
The term's of Parra's deal have not been announced. His and Gomez's signings ...