Brewers' Prince Fielder Unhappy with Contract

(PHOENIX) -- Left fielder Ryan Braun, right fielder Corey Hart, and 2nd baseman Rickie Weeks -- all former Huntsville Stars -- were able to come to terms with the Brewers on their contracts over the weekend.

Former Auburn quarterback Gabe Gross also renewed. But the Brewers have one unhappy first baseman on their hands.

Prince Fielder was among three young stars who were unable to come to terms before Sunday's team-imposed deadline.

Fielder, whose day didn't get any better when he was hit by pitches twice in an exhibition game vs. the Angels, will earn $670,000 this season.

Teams own the rights to players for their first six years of Major League service but still must negotiate contract terms. When teams and players with zero to three years of Major League service cannot agree, teams "renew" contracts at the salary of their choice. They must pay at least the Major League minimum and cannot cut a player's salary by more than 20 percent.

Fielder earned $415,000 last year after the Brewers renewed his deal. After finishing 7th in NL Rookie of the Year balloting in 2006, and 3rd in NL MVP balloting last year, leading the NL with 50 home runs and becoming the youngest player ever to reach that plateau, Fielder expected a considerable raise, saying "I'm not happy... because there's a lot of guys who have the same amount of time that I do who have done a lot less and are getting paid a lot more."

Fielder would not name the comparable players he had in mind, but he has been compared a lot lately with Phillies slugger Ryan Howard, who is one year ahead of Fielder. Howard's first full season was 2006, when he hit .313 with 58 home runs and 149 RBIs and won the league MVP Award. The following season, Howard earned $900,000. He won an arbitration case last month and will make $10 million in 2008.

Fielder is represented by Scott Boras and is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time following this season.

His unhappiness wasn't reflected in a 4-2 victory over the Angels, Sunday. Fielder deflected a line drive to first by Angels left fielder Nathan Haynes. Fielder's glove flew off, but he picked up the baseball barehanded and scampered to first base in time for the out. He also had a single in one official at-bat.

The Brewers play the Cubs at 2:00 CT this afternoon in Peoria, Arizona.