No arbitration hearings for Dodgers in 2010

No arbitration hearings for Dodgers in 2010

The Dodgers avoided arbitration with at least four players on Tuesday, signing catcher Russell Martin, first baseman James Loney, and left-handed relievers George Sherrill and Hong-Chih Kuo to one-year deals, Major League sources confirmed to MLB.com. In addition, the team has reportedly reached agreements with right fielder Andre Ethier and Jonathan Broxton on two-year contracts.

The Ethier and Broxton signings are unconfirmed. Ethier's deal is reportedly worth $15.25 million with incentives; the terms of Broxton's deal are unknown. Both deals are said to be pending physicals.

Martin will be the highest-paid of the four who took one-year contracts, with a deal worth $5.05 million. Sherrill will earn $4.5 million, Loney will make $3.1 million and Kuo will be paid $975,000.

Coupled with the signings of Matt Kemp and Chad Billingsley earlier in the week, Tuesday's events mean that the Dodgers have reached agreements with all of their arbitration-eligible players.

In addition, the Dodgers have signed catcher J.D. Closser to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League camp. Closser last played in the Majors in 2006, with the Rockies, and is a career .236 hitter with 10 home runs and 48 RBIs in 160 Major League games.

Martin, who earned $3.9 million in 2009, is coming off a down year after batting .250 with seven home runs and 53 RBIs in 143 games while leading the Majors in innings caught.

Sherrill, who made $2.75 million last year, shined with the Dodgers, allowing just two earned runs in 27 2/3 innings following his trade from Baltimore after having saved 20 games for the Orioles.

Loney, who earned $465,000 in 2009, batted .281 with 13 homers while ranking third on the team with 90 RBIs.

Kuo, who earned $437,000 last year, went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in just 35 appearances last year because of elbow injuries but closed out the season strong.

Ethier made $3.2 million and blossomed into a star in 2009, with a .272 batting average, 31 home runs and 106 RBIs. He also led the Majors in walk-off hits.

And finally Broxton, who earned $1.925 million in 2009, emerged as a top closer with a 2.61 ERA and 36 saves along with a staggering 114 strikeouts in 76 innings.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.