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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 30:  Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians walks off the field after the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game Five of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field on October 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Indians, Trevor Bauer avoid arbitration

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The Indians and starter Trevor Bauer have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $3.55 million salary for the 2017 season, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Bauer, 25, was eligible for arbitration in the first of four years. This past season, the right-hander compiled a 4.26 ERA with a 168/70 K/BB ratio across 190 innings spanning 28 starts and seven relief appearances. Bauer began the year in the bullpen but moved to the rotation in late April.

Though Bauer had a¬†lackluster postseason performance, yielding eight runs in 13 2/3 innings, he’s poised to pitch out of the back of the Indians’ rotation to begin the upcoming season.

Cardinals, Matt Adams avoid arbitration

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 10:  Matt Adams #32 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a home run during the second inning of a gme against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 10, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The Cardinals and first baseman Matt Adams have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $2.8 million salary for the 2017 season, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Adams, 28, was entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. The slugger was limited to 327 plate appearances during this past season due to back, shoulder, and wrist injuries. Heading into a new season, however, Adams has reportedly lost 25 pounds.

With Matt Carpenter shifting over to first base, Adams is currently looking at a backup role with the Cardinals. It would not be surprising to see the club pursue trading him before the regular season begins.

Giants, Conor Gillaspie avoid arbitration

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05:  Conor Gillaspie #21 of the San Francisco Giants hits a three-run homerun in the ninth inning against the New York Mets during their National League Wild Card game at Citi Field on October 5, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Giants and third baseman Conor Gillaspie have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $1.4 million salary for the 2017 season, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Gillaspie, 29, was eligible for arbitration in his second of three years. This past season, he stepped to the plate 205 times for the Giants, batting .262/.307/.440 with six home runs and 25 RBI. Of course, he’s remembered most for his tie-breaking and eventual game-winning three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning off of Mets closer Jeurys Familia in the National League Wild Card game. Gillaspie’s blast sent the Giants to the NLDS but they were sent home by the eventual world champion Cubs.

Eduardo Nunez is expected to get regular starts at the hot corner in 2017, so Gillaspie will serve as his backup.