Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Dodgers Avoid Arbitration With Hong-Chih Kuo

The Dodgers have avoided arbitration with lefty reliever Hong-Chih Kuo. Kuo signed a one-year deal worth $2.725 million. He can earn another $675,000 in performance bonuses. Those bonuses are based on appearances and games finished.

Kuo was arbitration eligible for the second time in his career. He was seeking  $3.075 million, while the Dodgers offered $2.5 million.

Although Kuo started  2010 on the disabled list, he ended up having the best season of his career. In 56 appearances, he had a 1.20 era with 12 saves and an unreal 0.783 whip and 73 strikeouts. Kuo also made the National League All-Star team for the first time.

With Kuo signed, this leaves James Loney as the only arbitration-eligible player yet to sign a contract for 2011.

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