Chris Narveson missed almost the entire 2012 season after undergoing shoulder surgery early in the year. He made only two starts last season, but he will be fighting for a starting role this upcoming season, and he is expected to be healthy come spring training. Narveson was arbitration-eligible this year, but the Milwaukee Brewers avoided the arbitration process by reaching a one-year deal with the 31-year old lefty.
According to the Associated Press, the Brewers and Narveson reached a one-year, $840,000 deal. The contract signifies a sincere vote of confidence by Milwaukee. The deal is worth $340,000 more than Narveson made in his injury-shortened 2012 season.
Had Narveson gone before an arbitration panel, they surely would have taken his injury into consideration, but they also would have considered his service time. Narveson is in his first year of arbitration-eligibility, but he does have 95 career games under his belt. It's possible that Narveson would have received less in arbitration but unlikely.
The Brewers acquired Narveson after the Boston Red Sox placed him on waivers in 2005. In total, Narveson has belonged to four different organizations (including the St. Louis Cardinals twice) in his short career. Narveson has a 26-18 record over five Major League seasons. He has also posted a 4.67 ERA in his career.
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