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MLB notebook: Allen, Indians avoid arbitration

Closer Cody Allen and the Cleveland Indians avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $10,575,000.

Allen, 29, made $7.35 million last season when the Indians led the American League with 102 wins.

The right-handed Allen was 3-7 with 30 saves and a 2.94 ERA for the AL Central champions. Allen, who has at least 30 saves in each of the past three seasons, is eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2019.

–The Chicago White Sox agreed to a one-year, $4.75 million contract with right-handed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, the team announced.

Gonzalez, 33, went 7-10 with a 4.31 ERA with the White Sox last season before being traded to the Texas Rangers, where he was 1-3 with a 6.45 ERA in five starts.

He has a career record of 52-54 with a 3.95 ERA in 871 1/3 innings over six seasons. He spent the first four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles before signing with the White Sox in 2016.

–St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million contract to avoid salary arbitration.

Grichuk batted .238 with 22 homers and 59 RBIs last season. He has a .249 career average and 66 homers in parts of four seasons with St. Louis.

Grichuk, 26, is slated to be team’s starting right fielder this season.

–The Houston Astros and outfielder Jake Marisnick agreed to a one-year, $1.9 million deal to avoid arbitration.

The salary represents an $800,000 increase for Marisnick, who batted .243 with 16 homers and 35 RBIs in 106 games. Marisnick broke his right thumb in September and missed the rest of the season, including Houston’s World Series triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Marisnick has a .228 average and 34 homers in parts of five seasons with the Miami Marlins and the Astros.

–The Atlanta Braves released third baseman Adonis Garcia, who plans to play in South Korea in 2018.

Garcia, 32, was expected to enter spring training behind Johan Camargo and Rio Ruiz in the third base competition after hitting .237 with five home runs in 52 games last season. He missed about three months of 2017 while recovering from finger surgery.

–Field Level Media

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