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Dreifort Gets $1.9M From Dodgers

January 20, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Right-hander Darren Dreifort avoided arbitration with the Los Angeles Dodgers by agreeing to a $1.9 million, one-year contract with the team Tuesday.

Dreifort, a 26-year-old right-hander, earned $685,000 last season, when he went 8-12 with a 4.00 ERA. He appeared in 32 for the Dodgers, 26 of them starts, with one complete game. He struck out 168 batters in 180 innings.

The signing left shortstop Mark Grudzielanek as the only Dodgers player in arbitration. Grudzielanek has asked for $2.6 million and the Dodgers have offered $1.9 million.

Grudzielanek, 28, earned $350,000 last season, when he hit .272 with 10 homers and 62 RBIs while playing in 156 games. He played in 105 games for the Montreal Expos and 51 for the Dodgers.

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