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Angels, Andrew Heaney avoid arbitration

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Angels and pitcher Andrew Heaney have avoided arbitration, agreeing on an $800,000 salary with performance bonuses for the 2018 season. Heaney was eligible for arbitration for the first of four years.

Heaney, 26, made his season debut in mid-August after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He struggled in five starts, yielding 17 runs in 21 2/3 innings. The lefty went back on the disabled list in September with a shoulder impingement.

Assuming he can stay healthy, Heaney is expected to battle for a rotation spot in spring training.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.