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.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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