LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers avoided salary arbitration with pitcher Joe Wieland, signing him to a one-year contract for 2016. He will earn $590,000 next season, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is Wednesday night.
He made $590,000 in 2015. Wieland, with three years and 27 days of major league service time, was eligible for salary arbitration in 2016. MLB Trade Rumors projected Wieland to make the major league minimum next season, set at $507,500.
Wieland, acquired from the Padres in December 2014 as part of the Yasmani Grandal / Matt Kemp trade, had a rough first year in his new organization, but most importantly he was healthy all year after being limited to 87⅓ innings total from 2012-2014, now recovered from Tommy John surgery.
The right-hander made two spot starts for the Dodgers, once in May and once in September, allowing eight runs on 10 hits in 8⅔ innings, with five walks and four strikeouts.
With Triple-A Oklahoma City, Wieland was 10-5 with a 4.59 ERA and a 3.52 FIP in 22 games, including 21 starts, with 92 strikeouts and 25 walks in 113⅔ innings. Wieland didn't last longer than five innings in any of his first 16 minor league starts in 2015, but finished strong, 5-1 with a 3.02 in his final seven starts for OKC, averaging 6.38 innings per outing.