Rangers, closer Tolleson agree on nearly $3.3M contract

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Closer Shawn Tolleson and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a one-year contract worth $3,275,000, avoiding salary arbitration.

Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Tolleson got a raise of more than $2.75 million with Monday's deal. He made $519,700 last year, slightly above the major league minimum.

When the Rangers and the pitcher traded figures 10 days earlier, Tolleson asked for $3.9 million and the club offered $2.6 million. They settled $25,000 above the midpoint.

Tolleson had 35 saves in 37 chances last season, though he didn't become the closer until late May for the AL West champions. The 27-year-old right-hander was 6-4 with a 2.99 ERA in 73 appearances.

The only Texas players remaining in salary arbitration are left-hander reliever Jake Diekman and first baseman Mitch Moreland.

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