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Byline: Tom Haudricourt
MILWAUKEE _ After weeks of butting heads and making no progress in negotiations, the Milwaukee Brewers moved closer Saturday to a deal with Ben Sheets that would avoid an arbitration hearing with their ace right-hander.
"We're not there yet but we're getting closer," general manager Doug Melvin said Saturday night. "I guess you could say I'm cautiously optimistic. We ought to know something Sunday."
Melvin is scheduled to fly to Phoenix Sunday to begin preparations for the opening of the Brewers' spring camp next weekend. If he doesn't reach an agreement with Sheets before Monday, he'll travel to Tampa, Fla., to be on hand …