Veras, Brewers go to arbitration

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Milwaukee reliever Jose Veras has become just the second Brewers player to go to arbitration in 14 years.

Veras asked a three-person panel Monday for a raise from $1.35 million to $2,375,000. Milwaukee argued he should be paid $2 million.

A decision by arbitrators Dan Brent, Marlene Gold and John Sands is expected Tuesday.

Two years ago, outfielder Corey Hart beat the Brewers in Milwaukee's first case since Jose Mercedes won in 1998. Sands was on the panel for Hart's case.

Veras was 2-4 with a 3.80 ERA in a career-high 79 appearances last season for Pittsburgh. The right-hander, who also has played for the Yankees, Cleveland and Florida, was obtained on Dec. 12 for third baseman Casey McGehee.