Davis, Diamondbacks agree to 3-year deal

Updated: January 18, 2007, 10:13 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks and pitcher Doug Davis agreed to a $22 million, three-year contract Thursday, avoiding arbitration.

Davis was acquired in a November trade that sent catcher Johnny Estrada to Milwaukee. The left-hander went 11-11 with a 4.91 ERA in 34 starts for the Brewers last season, tossing 203 1-3 innings.

He will be part of an Arizona rotation that includes NL Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb, Randy Johnson and Livan Hernandez.

Davis gets $5.5 million this year, $7.75 million in 2008 and $8.75 million in 2009.

The 31-year-old Davis, who made $3.6 million last year, asked for $7.5 million in arbitration and was offered $5.25 million by the Diamondbacks -- the second-largest difference between player and team. Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs were $4,475,000 apart when figures were exchanged Tuesday.

Davis' agreement leaves the Diamondbacks with only one player remaining in arbitration: outfielder Eric Byrnes. He asked for $5 million and the club offered $4.25 million after he made $2.25 million last season.

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