MLB Baseball

Rangers' Ryan Rua avoids arbitration with $870,000 deal

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua has agreed to an $870,000, one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration.

In four stints with Texas last season, Rua hit .217 with three home runs and 12 RBIs over 63 games. The right-hander, who has spent parts of the last four seasons with the Rangers, played left field and also appeared some at first base last year. He had a major league salary of $544,740.

Texas still has three arbitration-eligible players after Tuesday's deal with Rua: infielder Jurickson Profar and pitchers Jake Diekman and Keone Kela.

Players and teams are scheduled to swap proposed salaries Friday.

The Rangers have not had an arbitration hearing with a player since Lee Stevens in 2000.

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Updated January 9, 2018

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