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Dodgers strike deals with Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner, Juan Nicasio

Dodgers avoid salary arbitration by dealing with Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner and Juan Nicasio

The Dodgers won’t have any salary arbitration hearings again this year after agreeing to one-year contracts with closer Kenley Jansen, infielder Justin Turner and right-hander Juan Nicasio.

Jansen, Turner and Nicasio were the team’s last three arbitration-eligible players. If they hadn’t signed new deals by Friday, they would have taken the next step in the arbitration process by exchanging salary figures with the Dodgers.

The last time the Dodgers were in an arbitration hearing was in 2007, with left-hander Joe Beimel.

Jansen signed for $7.425 million, Turner for $2.5 million and Nicasio for $2.3 million.

Jansen saved 44 games last season and posted a 2.76 earned-run average. He earned $4.3 million last season in his first year of arbitration as a “super two.”

Turner was one of the team’s most pleasant surprises last season. Let go by the New York Mets last winter, Turner came to the Dodgers on a minor-league contract. He made the team as a utility player and batted a career-best .340 in 109 games.

Nicasio was landed by the Dodgers on a waiver claim. He was 6-6 with a 5.38 earned-run average in 33 games for the Colorado Rockies. But the Dodgers were impressed by how Nicasio pitched out of the bullpen -- he posted a 3.48 ERA in 19 relief appearances -- and plan to use him in that role.

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