Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson gets $2.75 million raise

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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 didn’t become the closer until late May but finished the season with 35 saves in 37 chances as the Rangers won the American League’s West Division. The 27-year-old right-hander was 6-4 with a 2.99 ERA in 73 appearances.

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

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