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Brewers' Molitor agrees to 3-year, $9.1-million contract

Published Oct. 16, 2005

Paul Molitor became baseball's ninth $3-million player Monday when he agreed to a $9.1-million, three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. Molitor, whose contract has the seventh-highest average annual value in baseball history, will get a $1-million signing bonus, $2.1-million in 1990, $2.9-million in 1991 and $3.1-million in 1992.

He will get half of the signing bonus immediately and the other $500,000 on Feb. 15, 1991, deferred at 10\ percent interest.

Molitor, 33, had filed for $3.25-million in salary arbitration and the Brewers offered $2.6-million. He batted .315 last season, when he made $1.75-million, including $350,000 in bonuses.

Also settling was outfielder Jim Eisenreich of Kansas City, who agreed to a one-year pact for $475,000, a raise of $355,000.

Eisenreich, who led the Royals last season with a .293 average, 33 doubles and 27 stolen bases, had asked for $899,000 in arbitration and the Royals had offered $375,000.

Chicago Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston won his case Monday and will make $1.25-million in 1990, a raise of $700,000. Dunston, who batted .278 last season with nine home runs and 60 runs batted in, had been offered $925,000. Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg heard the case Friday in Chicago.

Pittsburgh pitcher John Smiley and New York Mets pitcher Jeff Musselman had hearings on Monday. Both cases were heard by arbitrator Thomas Roberts.