Chacon avoids salary arbitration

Chacon avoids salary arbitration

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration with Shawn Chacon by signing the right-hander to a one-year contract on Friday.

Terms of the deal were not released. When the two sides exchanged salary figures on Tuesday, the Pirates offered $3.7 million. Chacon was seeking $4.25 million.

Chacon, 29, went 7-6 with a 6.36 ERA in 26 appearances last season, including a 2-3 record and a 5.48 ERA in nine starts with the Pirates after being acquired from the New York Yankees at the trading deadline.

A former All-Star, Chacon is the top candidate to claim the final opening in the Pirates starting rotation this spring.

The Pirates have four arbitration-eligible players who remain unsigned: third baseman Freddy Sanchez, second baseman Jose Castillo, outfielder Jody Gerut and relief pitcher John Grabow. Adam LaRoche, whose trade to the Pirates from the Braves is expected to be officially announced on Friday afternoon, is also eligible for arbitration.

Arbitration hearings will begin Feb. 1. Teams can continue to negotiate with their players up until the time of the hearings.

Ed Eagle is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.