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Dodgers Sign James Loney, Avoid Salary Arbitration

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The Los Angeles Dodgers had a salary arbitration hearing with James Loney scheduled for next Friday in Phoenix, but that won't be necessary. Loney and the Dodgers have agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.875 million, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Loney was asking for a salary of $5.25 million through arbitration, while the Dodgers filed at a figure of $4.7 million. The base salary Loney agreed to is $100,000 below the midpoint of those two figures.

Loney made $3.1 million last season, his first year of arbitration eligibility. After two successive years with exactly 13 home runs and 90 RBI, Loney hit 10 homers and drove in 88 runs in 2010, hitting .267/.329/.395. It was the second straight season with a slugging percentage under .400 for the first baseman. Loney has one more year of arbitration eligibility, in 2012, before qualifying for free agency.

The Dodgers are all finished with salary arbitration, and now have 20 players signed for 2011 for a total of $92.05 million. Factoring in deferred salaries and option buyouts to players no longer around, the total Dodger paryoll will settle in at approximately $110 million. Dodger pitchers and catchers report on February 16, with their first workout scheduled February 17. The rest of the team is scheduled to report February 21, with the first full squad workout on February 22.

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