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Dodgers sign Russell Martin and Jonathan Broxton

January 20, 2009 | 10:18 am

Russell Martin The Dodgers avoided arbitration with catcher Russell Martin and closer Jonathan Broxton, signing them to one-year contracts.

Martin, a two-time All-Star at 25, will be paid $3.9 million. He earned $500,000 last season.

Broxton's deal is worth $1.825 million and includes incentive clauses. Broxton, who is expected to become the Dodgers' full-time closer this season, made $454,000 last year.

Martin and Broxton were eligible for arbitration for the first time this year.

Andre Ethier is the only Dodger who remains eligible for arbitration. He and the Dodgers will exchange contract figures today.

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-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: Russell Martin. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times