- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 2, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers and pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,725,000.

The club announced the deal on Wednesday after the sides avoided arbitration.

The left-handed reliever was 3-2 with a franchise-record and major league-best 1.20 ERA in 56 games last season, when Kuo earned $975,000. He made the All-Star team and inherited the closer’s spot when Jonathan Broxton struggled.

Kuo had asked for $3,075,000 in arbitration and had been offered $2.55 million.

Los Angeles has one player remaining in arbitration: infielder James Loney.

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