Rangers, Shawn Tolleson avoid arbitration at $3.275 million

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The Rangers and closer Shawn Tolleson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.275 million contract, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

It’s a substantial raise for Tolleson, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 28-year-old right-hander filed for $3.9 million and was offered $2.6 million by the Rangers when figures were exchanged earlier this month, so the two sides settled a little over the midpoint.

Tolleson spent most of last season as Texas’ closer and thrived in a big way, posting a 2.99 ERA and 76/17 K/BB ratio over 72 1/3 innings while going 35-for-37 in save opportunities. He might face some competition from the likes of Sam Dyson or Keone Kela in the near future, but he’s expected to go into 2016 as the team’s closer.