Hader loses arbitration case

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The Brewers had a busy holiday weekend, as the team beat reliever Josh Hader in their arbitration battle, and signed lefty Brent Suter to a two year deal, avoiding arbitration the next two years. 

MLB.com's Mark Feinstead had the Josh Hader news first:

Josh Hader has lost his arbitration case against the Brewers, per source. Hader will earn $4.1 million in 2020; he had filed for $6.4 million.

— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 14, 2020

The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as Hader is coming off back-to-back Reliever of the Year awards. While Hader admits it's a business and he's ready to move forward, his manager (and former player) Craig Counsell isn't thrilled with the process, courtesy of our Milwaukee Baseball Insider Adam McCalvy:

More Counsell: "Josh and I have talked about it. He wants to win baseball games and he knows how we're going to do it. But I think pitchers should be rewarded. I firmly believe [that>. The system is wrong. It's ridiculous."

— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) February 15, 2020

Click HERE to read McCalvy's story on Josh Hader's arbitration hearing

The second big move of the weekend was Brent Suter and the Brewers avoiding arbitration and agreeing to a two year deal, that will guarantee the soft tossing lefty $2.5 million over the two years, with chances for more through incentives. The Brewers broke the news themselves:

LHP Brent Suter has signed a 2-year contract, avoiding arbitration. pic.twitter.com/tjuWRwc1yE

— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) February 16, 2020

McCalvy has the full details on the contract, including the salaries, signing bonuses and more: 

Correction on the terms of Brent Suter’s two-year deal with the Brewers. It’s is a $2.5 million guarantee.$100,000 signing bonus, $900K salary in 2020 and $1.5M in 2021. The 2021 salary would Increase by $50K each for 80ip, 100ip, 120ip, 140ip and 160ip in 2020.

— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) February 16, 2020

The move buys out two of Suter's arbitration seasons, but he will have two more after this deal is done.

In other Brewers news from the weekend, MVP Christian Yelich helped out Bucks guard Pat Connaughton in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest Saturday night, as Pat jumped over him en route to a dunk that was scored a 45/50.

“That’s the MVP of baseball!”Pat Connaughton brings out @ChristianYelich for his first dunk ---- pic.twitter.com/12DOPAf5dE

— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 16, 2020

Lorenzo Cain was asked whether he thought it was a good idea for Yelich to put his health on the line like that, and whether the 33 year old Cain can still dunk. Adam McCalvy has the video of the interaction:

Classic: The moment Lorenzo Cain learned @ChristianYelich is appearing in the NBA Slam Dunk contest. pic.twitter.com/d8n3IDbyPd

— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) February 15, 2020

Pitchers and catchers officially report today, and the first game of Spring Training gets underway Saturday as the Brewers take on the Rangers. Stay tuned in to The Fan all Spring Training for updates on the Crew as we get closer to Opening Day!