Hong-Chih Kuo and the Dodgers agree to a one-year, $2.725-million contract
Hong-Chih Kuo and the Dodgers skirted a salary arbitration hearing by agreeing to a one-year, $2.725-million contract Wednesday.
When Kuo and the Dodgers exchanged salary figures last month, Kuo asked for $3.075 million and the Dodgers countered by offering $2.55 million. The left-handed reliever can earn an additional $50,000 in incentives.
Kuo, who has had four elbow operations, set a franchise single-season record by posting a 1.20 earned-run average last year. He won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2012 season.
The Dodgers have one remaining player eligible for salary arbitration: James Loney.
-- Dylan Hernandez
Photo: Hong-Chih Kuo works against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times