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Athletics and Jarrod Parker avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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The Athletics and right-hander Jarrod Parker have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract, reports CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

The deal is worth $850,000, matching his 2015 salary, but only $425,000 of it will be guaranteed. Parker, 27, hasn’t pitched in the majors since the 2013 playoffs. He underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his career in March of 2014 and required another procedure last May to stabilize a medial epicondyle fracture in his elbow.

Parker had a 3.73 ERA in 61 starts from 2013-2014. It’s hard to count on him going into 2016, but Athletics manager Bob Melvin recently told Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group that the team plans on stretching him out as a starter in the spring.