Dodgers Avoid Arbitration With Hong-Chih Kuo

The Dodgers have avoided arbitration with reliever Hong-Chih Kuo by agreeing to a one-year, $2.725MM contract with the southpaw, reports's Ken Gurnick.  Kuo can earn an extra $700K in incentives, with $600K of those bonuses related to games finished, tweets Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.  This was Kuo's second year of arb-eligibility and he is represented by the Octagon sports agency.

Kuo, 29, is coming off an All-Star season that saw him post a 1.20 ERA, a 4.06 K/BB ratio and an 11.0 K/9 rate in 56 relief appearances with L.A.  The 56 games pitched was a career-high for Kuo, who was pitched on consecutive days just four times all season in an attempt to keep him fresh, given Kuo's past elbow injuries.  Over the last three seasons, Kuo has a 1.96 ERA in 133 games and has averaged 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

The Taiwanese left-hander recorded 21 holds and also 12 saves, taking over the closing job from Jonathan Broxton in mid-August.  Broxton has been pencilled into the closer's job headed into Los Angeles' Spring Training, but Kuo performed well enough that the Dodgers wouldn't hesitate to put him at the back of their bullpen if Broxton struggles again.

As you can see on MLBTR's Arbtracker, the settled contract is worth slightly below the midpoint of the numbers submitted by Kuo and the club earlier this month — Kuo was looking for $3.08MM, and the Dodgers were offering $2.55MM.  James Loney is the only arb-eligible Dodger who has yet to settle on a contract for 2011.

16 Responses to Dodgers Avoid Arbitration With Hong-Chih Kuo Leave a Reply

  1. Kuo is a beast, definitely one of the most underrated relievers in the MLB, and flat out one of the best when he’s able to pitch.

    • yes that’s why he was used on consecutive days only 4 times.. he had 4 tommy john surgeries…

      • Even with that limitation, he pitched 60 innings and was one of the most valuable relievers in the MLB.

    • SmackSaw 4 years ago

      And he works cheap.

      • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

        Reclamation jobs usually do. Kuo is Exhibit A in the argument for the value of good scouting.

    • Rawlsian 4 years ago

      Yeah Kuo is definately a beast. One of a handful of lefty relievers who can close

  2. kevmill21 4 years ago

    60 inning 29 h, 18 bb. its a wonder anyone scored at all

  3. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    I really hope Brox can get it together. That duo of Kuo/Broxton is the best in the NL, if not the majors. Definitely up there with Soriano/Mo as the first or second best late inning tandem.

  4. BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

    You can stop now. I’ve already heard enough WAR chants for one lifetime.

  5. TDKnies 4 years ago

    Damn, really? I don’t really know what goes into WAR or how it works, but how’d Hudson only end up with a 2.7 considering some of those other names close to him?

  6. markjsunz 4 years ago

    What is your point? You can wipe your bottom with the paper that stat is printed on.

  7. BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

    Uh, no.

  8. Don’t know much about FIP either other than it’s supposed to be a better indicator than ERA. And that it’s sort of like BABIP (another one I know little about) because it tells if a guy was simply getting lucky (or unlucky).

  9. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 4 years ago

    Gee, thanks for the tutorial. I think it’s an interesting stat and I suppose it tells you something.

    Since a pitcher never has taken the mound without 8 other guys on the field, and since baseball hasn’t toyed with the idea of sending them out there without 8 other player on the field, it’s nothing more than an interesting stat.

  10. BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

    The point is, all you need to know about a player’s value is WAR, and the great part is, you don’t even have to know what it means.

  11. markjsunz 4 years ago

    The point is you are more full of s**t then a thanksgiving turkey. Have anice day.

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