FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 file photo, Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu (9) throws to first base for put out against the San Diego Padres in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Denver. All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu and the C
David Zalubowski, File
February 17, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu and the Colorado Rockies agreed to a $7.8 million, two-year contract ahead of their scheduled salary arbitration hearing Wednesday, leaving players with a final record of 3-1 this year in cases decided by three-person panels.

LeMahieu gets $3 million this year and $4.8 million in 2017.

Players had their first winning record in arbitration since they went 2-1 in 2011. Management has a 302-224 advantage since arbitration started in 1974, including an 8-6 record last year, the most hearings since 2001.

While 156 players filed for arbitration on Jan. 12, just four failed to settle. Three pitchers won their hearings: Toronto's Jesse Chavez ($4 million), Tampa Bay's Drew Smyly ($3.75 million) and Cincinnati's J.J. Hoover ($1.4 million). Astros catcher Jason Castro ($5 million) lost.

A Gold Glove winner in 2014, LeMahieu set career bests last year with a .301 average and 61 RBIs, hitting six home runs. He became an All-Star for the first time.

When the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month, LeMahieu had asked for a raise from $517,500 to $3.3 million, and the Rockies had offered $2.8 million.

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