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Three avoid arbitration

Posted on: January 12, 2011 7:08 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 9:29 pm

With arbitration figures due to be exchanged on Tuesday, the coming days offer the last chance for arbitration-eligible players to reach agreement on 2011 deals without having to face the sometimes ugly truth of exactly what their teams think they're worth.

Three players got contracts sewn up Wednesday:

* Outfielder Ryan Raburn got a two-year, $3.4 million contract with the Tigers. Rayburn had a big second half last season, batting .315 with 13 homers and 46 RBI in 70 games after the break. In nine years under general manager Dave Dombrowski, no Tigers has even gone to an arbitration hearing (pitchers Joel Zumaya and Armando Galarraga remain unsaigned and arbitration-eligible this year).

* Catcher Koyie Hill, 31, reached a one-year, $850,000 deal to return to the Cubs. Hill has batted just .211 in his four years in Chicago, including a .214/.254/.298 line in 77 games last season, but notes that in that span the Cubs are 84-72 in games he has started behind the plate.

* Angels catcher Jeff Mathis, who beat the Angels in arbitration a year ago, got a one-year deal for $1.7 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. Mathis, 27, made $1.3 million last season, when he started 62 games. Like Hill, he's a weak hitter (.195/.219/.278) with defensive value. The Angels still have six players in line for arbitration.

There are still 123 players who filed for arbitration but haven't signed, according to

UPDATE: Jon Heyman of reports that Rockies reliever Matt Belisle has avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.35 million deal.

UPDATE: According to the Kansas City Star, pitcher Luke Hochevar also has reached a deal to avoid arbitration.

-- David Andriesen

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