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Harding-Brewers may be heading to arbitration

The Milwaukee Brewers might have their first salary arbitration hearing in years on Monday.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy is holding out for just over $3 million this season, while the Brewers have offered $2.4 million.

Either way, Hardy will get a huge raise from the $400,000 he made last season, when he hit .277 with 26 homers and 80 RBI's.

Brewers' General Manager Doug Melvin has been able to escape arbitration in his five-plus seasons with Milwaukee, but in a couple cases, settlements were not made until the mornings of the arbitration hearings.

That could still happen with Hardy, but Melvin says the two sides are, "pretty well done talking."

Meanwhile, the Brewers have signed reliever Chris Spurling to a minor league deal and he's not being invited to the team's spring training.

He had a 4.68 ERA and a 2-1 record in 49 relief outings with Milwaukee last season.