Axford among trio to avoid arbitration with Brewers

Axford among trio to avoid arbitration with Brewers
The Brewers avoided arbitration with all three of their unsigned players Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts with right-handers John Axford, Burke Badenhop and Marco Estrada.

Axford received a $5 million deal, plus incentives. According to a baseball source, Badenhop signed for $1.55 million, while Estrada agreed to a $1.955 million deal.

With those three signings, plus that of outfielder Carlos Gomez on Thursday, Milwaukee avoided going through arbitration with all four of its eligible players.

Axford, 29, was arbitration-eligible for the first time after earning $525,000 last season, during which he briefly lost his closer's job but still saved 35 games and compiled a 4.67 ERA.

Badenhop, 29, was acquired from the Rays in early December and was up for arbitration for the third time. He earned $1.075 million in 2012 while posting a 3.03 ERA in a career-high 66 appearances.

Estrada, 29, earned $486,000 last season and was a first-year arbitration-eligible player after going 5-7 with a 3.64 ERA last season.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.