Avoiding Arbitration: NL Central

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 14: Geovany Soto #18 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates his solo home run in the 7th inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on June 14, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 5-4 in 10 innings. Geovany Soto(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Today is the day when teams and players are required to file salary figures for arbitration, and given that the hearing can often become contentious, all sides usually put a pretty earnest effort into avoiding going to such hearings.

With that in mind, numerous players have agreed to one-year contracts for the 2012 season on Tuesday in order to avoid arbitration and keep things a tad simpler. Here are the NL Central players that have avoided arbitration by agreeing to deals on Tuesday:

CUBS

- The Chicago Cubs and catcher Geovany Soto have agreed to a one-year, $4.3 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

CARDINALS

- The St. Louis Cardinals and pitcher Kyle McClellan have agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, according to B.J. Rains of FOXSportsMidwest.com.

BREWERS

- The Milwaukee Brewers and pitcher Francisco Rodriguez have agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

- The Milwaukee Brewers and pitcher Kameron Loe have agreed to a one-year, $2.175 million contract, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

REDS

- The Cincinnati Reds and pitcher Bill Bray have agreed to a new contract, as the player announced on his Twitter feed.

PIRATES

- The Pittsburgh Pirates and pitcher Jeff Karstens have agreed to a one-year, $3.1 million contract, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

- The Pittsburgh Pirates and pitcher Evan Meek have agreed to a one-year, $875K contract, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.

ASTROS

- The Houston Astros and pitcher J.A. Happ have agreed to a one-year, $2.35 million contract, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLBTR.

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