Jonathan Broxton and Russell Martin avoided arbitration today by resigning with the Dodgers for 1-year deals. Broxton will earn $1.825 million and Martin $3.9 million. That leaves only Andre Either as the lone arbitration eligible player left.
It's good to have these deals taken care of, as these 2 are huge pieces of the puzzle. In case you're wondering why Martin's deal is worth so much more, he does have 2 All-Star berths under his wing. He also has a Silver Slugger and Gold Glove from 2007.
Broxton will have his first crack at being the main man in the 9th inning in 2009. He's been in LA since 2005, and has excelled in the setup role. He took over for the injured Takashi Saito towards the end of last season and performed very well, picking up 14 saves.
Now it'll be time to focus on Either. He's asked for $3.75 million, and the Dodgers have countered with $2.65 million. If it reaches to the point of having a meeting, it won't be until February.