Dodgers avoid arbitration, sign 1-year deals with 4 players

BY foxsports • January 15, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have reached one-year deals with closer Kenley Jansen, catcher Yasmani Grandal, infielder Justin Turner and reliever Luis Avilan, avoiding arbitration with all six of their players who had filed.

Jansen's deal is worth $10.65 million, giving the 28-year-old right-hander a $3,225,000 increase from last season.

Grandal will earn $2.8 million in the coming season after making $693,000 last year. Turner signed for $5.1 million after making $2.5 million and Avilan will get $1.39 million.

Jansen converted 36 of 38 save opportunities last year and went 2-1 with a 2.41 ERA in 54 games over 52 1/3 innings. He has 142 saves since debuting for the Dodgers in 2010. Jansen was in his last year of arbitration eligibility.

Avilan, a 26-year-old left-hander, had a combined record of 2-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 73 games with the Braves and the Dodgers. After joining Los Angeles as part of a three-team deal with Atlanta and Miami, Avilan went 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA in 23 games over 15 2/3 innings.

Turner became the Dodgers' starting third baseman last season, hitting a career-high 16 home runs with 60 RBIs in 439 plate appearances. He had knee surgery after the season.

Grandal had 16 homers and 47 RBIs last year. He became the starting catcher before a shoulder injury limited his second-half production. Grandal had shoulder surgery after the season.

Earlier in the week, pitcher Chris Hatcher agreed to a $1,065,000 deal and outfielder-first baseman Scott Van Slyke got $1,225,000. Both were one-year contracts.

Salary figures were due Friday, with a deadline of Feb. 1 for a settlement. After that, any unsettled cases would have gone to an arbitration panel, which decides a player's salary.

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