Athletics and Fernando Abad avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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The Athletics and left-handed reliever Fernando Abad have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract. The deal is worth $1,087,500, per MLB Trade Rumors.

Abad requested $1.225 million and the Athletics offered $850,000 when arbitration figures were exchanged last week, so the two sides ultimately settled a little north of the midpoint.

Abad, 29, was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. After being acquired from the Nationals last offseason, he posted an excellent 1.57 ERA and 51/15 K/BB ratio across 57 1/3 innings in 2014.