Avoiding Arbitration: NL West

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 23: Center fielder Dexter Fowler #24 of the Colorado Rockies makes a running catch against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 23, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/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 West players that have avoided arbitration by agreeing to deals on Tuesday:

GIANTS

- The Giants and outfielder Melky Cabrera agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes.

- The San Francisco Giants and pitcher Santiago Casilla agreed to a one-year, $2.2 million contract that includes $200K in incentives, according to Rojas.

DODGERS

- The Los Angeles Dodgers and outfielder Andre Ethier have agreed to a one-year, $11 million contract, according to CAA Sports, Ethier's agency.

- The Los Angeles Dodgers and first baseman James Loney have agreed to a one-year, $6.375 million contract, according to CAA Sports, Loney's agency.

PADRES

- The San Diego Padres have agreed to one-year deals with third baseman Chase Headley, catcher Nick Hundley and pitcher Tim Stauffer, according to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

- The San Diego Padres and pitcher Joe Thatcher have agreed to a one-year, $700K contract, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

- The San Diego Padres and catcher John Baker have agreed to a one-year, $750K contract, according to CAA Sports, Baker's agency.

ROCKIES

- The Colorado Rockies and outfielder Dexter Fowler have agreed to a one-year, $2.35 million contract, according to Tim Dierkes of MLBTR.

DIAMONDBACKS

No word yet on any of Arizona's four arbitration-eligible players: catcher Miguel Montero, third baseman Ryan Roberts and relief pitchers Brad Ziegler and Craig Breslow.

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