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Dodgers avoid salary arbitration with Chris Heisey

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers signed outfielder Chris Heisey on Thursday to a one-year contract for 2015, avoiding salary arbitration. Heisey will earn $2.16 million this season, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

The two sides reached agreement before Friday morning's deadline to exchange final salary figures.

Heisey earned $1.76 million in 2014 in his second of potentially four seasons of salary arbitration eligibility. The outfielder has four years, 157 days of service time. This represents a 22.7-percent raise.

The Dodgers acquired Heisey from the Reds for pitcher Matt Magill on Dec. 2.

The right-hander hit .222/.265/.378 with 15 doubles, eight home runs and nine steals in 119 games for Cincinnati in 2014, and in five years with the Reds has hit .247/.299/.422, a 94 OPS+, with above average defense at all three outfield spots. His role with the Dodgers figures to be a reserve outfielder, something he is quite familiar with, averaging 55 outfield starts per season with the Reds.

"Chris is a guy who is a good center fielder, a tremendous corner outfielder, a good baserunner, he hits left-handed pitching well. There are a lot of things he brings to the table," Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said in December.

I guessed a 2015 salary of $2.35 million for Heisey, with MLB Trade Rumors projected him at $2.2 million.

The Dodgers still have three players remaining eligible for salary arbitration: Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner and Juan Nicasio.