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Dodgers avoid arbitration with Vidal Nuno

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The Dodgers and pitcher Vidal Nuno have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $1.125 million contract for the 2017 season, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Nuno, 29, was entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility. The Dodgers acquired the lefty from the Mariners in November in exchange for catcher Carlos Ruiz.

This past season, with the Mariners, Nuno posted a 3.53 ERA with a 51/11 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings, coming almost exclusively in relief. Nuno has made 42 career major league starts so he also provides some starting rotation depth for the Dodgers.

Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload management” purposes.

Ohtani is fine to continue hitting, so there’s no sense of any physical ailment.

This decision will rob us — and the Japanese media — of a showdown between Ohtani and countrymate Masahiro Tanaka. And for that we are rather devastated, but you can understand the Angels’ concerns about overuse.

Ohtani has registered a 3.35 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings (seven starts) as a major league pitcher and he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as a part-time DH.