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|1/13/2017||Kole Calhoun, LAA, RF|
|Calhoun will earn $6.35 million next season after avoiding arbitration with the Angels.
Analysis: The 29-year-old delivered a third straight solid season in 2016, batting .271 with 18 home runs and 75 RBIs. Calhoun has averaged 20 homers and 72 RBIs while hitting .266 and winning one Gold Glove over the last three years.
|1/13/2017||Garrett Richards, LAA, P|
|Richards and the Angels have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.85 million contract.
Analysis: The Anaheim ace received a minimal salary increase after having his 2016 season cut short after six starts by a partially torn elbow ligament. The right-hander did avoid surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training. Richards went 15-12 with a 3.65 ERA and 176 strikeouts in 2015.
|1/13/2017||Sonny Gray, Oak, P|
|Gray and the Athletics have agreed to a $3.575 million contract for the 2017 season.
Analysis: The 2015 AL All-Star enters his first arbitration-eligible season seeking to bounce back from a disappointing and injury-plagued campaign. After winning 14 games in each of the previous two seasons and recording a combined 2.91 ERA over that span, Gray slipped to 5-11 with a 5.69 ERA while making just 22 starts due to forearm and back issues.
|1/13/2017||Bryce Harper, Was, RF|
|Harper will earn $13.625 million in 2017 after agreeing to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration with the Nationals.
Analysis: The 2015 NL MVP will nearly triple his $5 million salary from 2016 despite a down season from his award-winning campaign of the previous year. Harper, who hit .330 with 42 homers and 99 RBIs in 2015 but slipped to a .243 average with 24 homers and 86 RBIs last year, has two more seasons of team control before hitting the 2019 market as perhaps the game's most sought-after free agent.
|1/13/2017||Cody Allen, Cle, P|
|Allen and the Indians avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $7.35 million.
Analysis: Allen, who earned $4.15 million as a first-year arbitration-eligible player in 2016, played a key role in Cleveland's surprise run to the World Series. The 28-year-old closer saved 32 games and recorded a 2.51 ERA in the regular season, then saved six more games and racked up 24 strikeouts in 13 2/3 scoreless innings during the postseason.
|1/13/2017||Eric Hosmer, KC, 1B|
|The Royals and Hosmer have agreed on a $12.25 million contract for the 2017 season, avoiding arbitration with a deal that could take him to free agency.
Analysis: General manager Dayton Moore has long been optimistic that the Royals will be able to sign their homegrown star to a long-term deal, but the price has risen considerably. The 27-year-old All-Star, eligible for free agency after the season, has won three Gold Gloves and flashed more power at the plate last season with a career-high 25 homers and 104 RBIs.
|1/13/2017||Dallas Keuchel, Hou, P|
|Keuchel and the Astros avoided arbitration when the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner agreed Friday to a $9.15 million, one-year contract following a subpar season.
Analysis: The left-hander, who turned 29 on New Year's Day, was 9-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 26 starts last year and won his third straight Gold Glove after going 20-8 with a career-best 2.48 ERA in 2015.
|1/13/2017||Zach Britton, Bal, P|
|Britton and the Orioles agreed to a one-year deal worth $11.4 million to avoid arbitration.
Analysis: The 29-year-old closer, not eligible for free agency until after the 2018 season, went 47 for 47 in save opportunities last season with a 0.54 ERA. He finished fourth in the Cy Young voting.
|1/13/2017||Todd Frazier, CWS, 3B|
|The White Sox and Frazier have agreed to a $12 million contract for next season, avoiding arbitration.
Analysis: Frazier, a free agent following the 2017 campaign, earned $7.5 million last season and set career highs of 40 homers and 98 RBIs despite batting a career-low .225 in his first year with the White Sox. The two-time All-Star could be a prime trade candidate if rebuilding Chicago is out of the race at next summer's deadline.
|1/13/2017||Manny Machado, Bal, 3B|
|Machado and the Orioles have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $11.5 million.
Analysis: It's a bargain for Baltimore to keep the 24-year-old star, who set career highs last season with 37 homers, 96 RBIs and a .294 batting average.
|1/13/2017||Sam Dyson, Tex, P|
|The Rangers and Dyson have agreed to a $3.52 million contract for 2017 to avoid arbitration.
Analysis: Dyson earned a substantial raise after recording 38 saves and posting a 2.43 ERA in 73 appearances for the AL West champion Rangers last season. The hard-throwing right-hander is expected to reprise his closer's role in 2017.
|1/13/2017||Andrew Romine, Det, SS|
|The Tigers and Romine have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.
Analysis: The utilityman received a $400,000 raise after batting .236 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 109 games for Detroit last season. Romine started games at all four infield spots as well as center field.
|1/13/2017||Danny Espinosa, LAA, SS|
|Espinosa has agreed to a $5,425,000, one-year contract with the Angels, avoiding salary arbitration with his new team.
Analysis: Espinosa gets a hefty raise from the $2,875,000 he earned last season as the Nationals' shortstop. His batting average dropped to .209 last year, but he reached career highs with 24 homers and 72 RBIs.
|1/13/2017||Jean Segura, Sea, 2B|
|Segura and the Mariners have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $6.2 million, one-year contract, a huge raise from his $2.6 million salary last year.
Analysis: The centerpiece of Seattle's offseason moves, which have included 11 trades, Segura was acquired from Arizona in late November and is projected to play shortstop and hit leadoff. Segura batted a career-high .319 with 20 homers, 33 stolen bases and 64 RBIs for Arizona last year, leading the National League with 203 hits. He is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season.
|1/12/2017||Darwin Barney, Tor, 2B|
|Barney has agreed to a $2,887,500, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, avoiding salary arbitration.
Analysis: The utilityman played at least 25 games each at second base, third and shortstop while making 32 starts - his most at any position - at second. He also played five games in left field and pitched an inning. Barney, who earned $1,050,000 last season, batted .269 with four homers, 19 RBIS and 13 doubles in 104 games for 89-win Toronto.
|1/12/2017||Lucas Duda, NYM, 1B|
|Duda and the New York Mets avoided arbitration when they agreed to a $7.25 million, one-year contract, a small raise after an injury-plagued season.
Analysis: Duda, who hit 57 home runs from 2014-15, missed four months last year and was limited to 47 games because of a stress fracture in his lower back. He returned Sept. 18 as a part-time player and finished with a .229 batting average, seven homers and 23 RBIs in 153 at-bats.
|1/12/2017||Trevor Bauer, Cle, P|
|Bauer and the Cleveland Indians avoided salary by agreeing Thursday to a $3.55 million, one-year contract, more than double the $1,697,500 he earned last year.
Analysis: Bauer, who turns 26 next week, was 12-8 with a 4.26 ERA in a career-high 190 innings last year and was 0-2 with a 5.27 ERA in four postseason starts and one relief appearance. He hurt a finger while repairing a drone, causing an AL Championship Series start to be pushed back by a game. When the finger started bleeding, he was forced to leave after getting just two outs.
|1/12/2017||Adam Wilk, NYM, P|
|Wilk agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets and will attend big league spring training.
Analysis: The 29-year-old is 0-3 with a 6.49 ERA in three starts and six relief appearances overall with Detroit and the Los Angeles Angels, appearing in games in 2011, `12 and `15. Wilk went 2-8 with a 3.61 ERA in 15 starts last year for Triple-A Durham of the International League. He didn't pitch after June 24 because of an injured labrum in his right hip that needed surgery.
|1/12/2017||Matt Adams, StL, 1B|
|Adams and the Cardinals agreed to a $2.8 million, one-year deal Thursday to avoid arbitration, though his role remains unclear with Matt Carpenter taking over his everyday job.
Analysis: Adams, who made $1.65 million last season, has been shopped this offseason but could also give St. Louis a power bat off the bench. The left-handed hitting Adams is a career .284 hitter against right-handed pitching, so he offers an intriguing option in a platoon role.
|1/11/2017||Zack Wheeler, NYM, P|
|Wheeler agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract with the New York Mets after missing two seasons because of a torn elbow ligament. Now 26, Wheeler was 7-5 as a rookie in 2013 and 11-11 the following year. He had Tommy John surgery on March 25, 2015.
Analysis: He returned last summer and threw 17 pitches over one inning in a rain-shortened start on Aug. 6 for Class A St. Lucie, then complained of elbow discomfort and didn't pitch again. The Mets expect him to be healthy for the start of spring training next month. Wheeler, whose deal was announced Wednesday, was eligible for arbitration for the first time after making $546,250 last year.
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