Third baseman earned $3.7M last season

LOS ANGELES -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre avoided
arbitration with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, agreeing to a
one-year contract worth $5 million.

Beltre, who turns 25 in April, hit .240 with a career-high 23
homers and 80 RBIs last season and made $3.7 million.

Beltre made his big league debut in 1998 at the age of 19. He
had his best season in 2000, hitting .290 with 20 homers and a
career-high 85 RBIs. He batted .265 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs in
2001 and .257 with 21 homers and 75 RBIs in 2002.

Four Dodgers remain eligible for arbitration -- NL Cy Young
Award-winning reliever Eric Gagne, infielder-outfielder Jolbert Cabrera, right-handed reliever Guillermo Mota and left-handed
starter Odalis Perez.