Dodgers and Chad Billingsley avoid arbitration, agree to one-year, $6.275-million deal


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The Dodgers have avoided salary arbitration with Chad Billingsley, as they agreed on Tuesday to a one-year, $6.275-million contract.

Billingsley, 26, was arbitration-eligible for the second time. He earned $3.85 million last year.


The Dodgers didn’t discuss the possibility of a multi-year agreement with Billingsley, according to his agent, Dave Stewart.

Billingsley will be eligible for free agency after the 2012 season. He was 12-11 with a 3.57 earned-run average last season. He posted a 2.45 ERA over his last 14 starts.

The Dodgers have two remaining players who are eligible for arbitration: James Loney and Hong-Chih Kuo.

Arbitration-eligible players and teams will exchange salary figures on Tuesday if they don’t reach agreement on new deals.

-- Dylan Hernandez