Feb 2, 2011, 8:14 PM EST
From MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick comes word that the Dodgers avoided arbitration Wednesday with left-handed reliever Hong-Chih Kuo by agreeing to a one-year, $2.725 million contract. The deal also includes $700,000 in performance-based incentives.
Kuo requested a $3.075 million salary and was offered $2.55 million when arbitration figures were exchanged in mid-January. It took only a handful of weeks for the two sides to find a common ground.
The southpaw finished with a gorgeous 1.20 ERA and 0.78 WHIP across 60 innings last season for the Dodgers, fanning 73 batters and walking only 18. He also picked up 12 saves in 13 opportunities as a makeshift closer when primary ninth inning man Jonathan Broxton struggled down the stretch.
Kuo is expected to serve in a familiar setup role behind Broxton to kick off the 2011 season.
- Blue Jays sign Dayan Viciedo to a minor league deal 8
- Chris Sale will be sidelined for three weeks with foot fracture 11
- Aramis Ramirez says 2015 will be his last year 32
- Francisco Rodriguez re-signs with the Brewers 9
- If addiction is an illness — and it is — Josh Hamilton shouldn’t be suspended 305
- Pirates open to massive extension for Andrew McCutchen 18
- Report: Josh Hamilton had a relapse this offseason that “involved at least cocaine” 86
- Yankees don’t plan on having to pay A-Rod’s $30 million in home run milestone bonuses 52
- If addiction is an illness — and it is — Josh Hamilton shouldn’t be suspended (305)
- San Francisco — and all of California — will consider a smokeless tobacco ban that includes MLB parks (131)
- Brian Sabean says that California taxes are a hindrance to the Giants signing free agents (102)
- Ichiro is happy to be away from Joe Girardi (88)
- Report: Josh Hamilton had a relapse this offseason that “involved at least cocaine” (86)