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02/11/09 10:25 AM EST
Looper deal awaiting physical
One-year contract with Brewers could be announced Thursday
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Free-agent right-hander Braden Looper was scheduled to undergo his physical exam late Wednesday, but his one-year pact with the Brewers probably will not be made official until Thursday, the day before pitchers and catchers report to Maryvale Baseball Park for the start of Spring Training. Looper, 34, came to terms with the Brewers on Monday, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported those terms on its Web site Tuesday night. The one-year contract guarantees $4.75 million in 2009, according to the newspaper, and includes a mutual option for '10. If Looper declines that option, the terms of which are not yet known, he goes back to the free-agent market. If the Brewers decline the option and Looper exercises it, the team must buy him out. It was not clear whether incentives could push up Looper's '09 salary; he earned $5.5 million from the Cardinals last season. Looper's agent, Alan Hendricks, has not responded to phone calls or e-mails this week for clarification of the pending deal. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has declined to discuss specifics of free-agent signings until they become official. Before Looper can be added to the 40-man roster, the Brewers must make a corresponding move.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.