Villanueva agrees to one-year deal with Jays

Published Jan. 16, 2011 3:56 p.m. ET

Reliever Carlos Villanueva and the Toronto Blue Jays avoided arbitration Sunday by agreeing to terms on a $1.415 million, one-year contract.

The 28-year-old Villanueva was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers on Dec. 3. He was 2-0 with a 4.16 ERA with a save and 14 holds in 50 appearances for the Brewers last season.

The Blue Jays have eight players who have filed for salary arbitration. The team hasn't gone to a hearing with a player since reliever Bill Risley in 1997.