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Dodgers avoid salary arbitration with Chris Hatcher

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LOS ANGELES -- Relief pitcher Chris Hatcher avoided salary arbitration with the Dodgers on Wednesday, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract for 2016. Hatcher will earn $1.065 million this season, per Jon Heyman.

In previewing Hatcher's salary arbitration case I guessed a salary of $850,000 for him, with MLB Trade Rumors projecting a 2016 salary of $900,000.

Hatcher was a "Super Two" this offseason, with two years, 146 days of major league service time, earning an extra year of salary arbitration by being among the top 22 percent in service time among players with at least two years but not three years of service.

The right-hander put up a 3.69 ERA and 3.39 FIP in 49 games in 2015, his first year with the Dodgers after last offseason's trade with the Marlins. Hatcher struck out 45 and walked 13 in his 39 innings.

Hatcher missed two months on the disabled list with a strained oblique, but after returning from the disabled list in mid-August put up a 1.31 ERA in 22 games with 26 strikeouts (a 32.5-percent rate) and six walks in 20⅔ innings.