Hong-Chih Kuo and the Dodgers agree to a one-year, $2.725-million contract


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Hong-Chih Kuo and the Dodgers skirted a salary arbitration hearing by agreeing to a one-year, $2.725-million contract Wednesday.


When Kuo and the Dodgers exchanged salary figures last month, Kuo asked for $3.075 million and the Dodgers countered by offering $2.55 million. The left-handed reliever can earn an additional $50,000 in incentives.

Kuo, who has had four elbow operations, set a franchise single-season record by posting a 1.20 earned-run average last year. He won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2012 season.

The Dodgers have one remaining player eligible for salary arbitration: James Loney.

-- Dylan Hernandez