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Rangers closer Sam Dyson avoids arbitration with $3.52M deal

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers avoided salary arbitration with six of their seven eligible players Friday, topped by closer Sam Dyson getting a $3 million raise after making just over the major league minimum last season.

Dyson agreed to a $3.52 million contract, according to multiple reports. He took over as closer for the American League West champions about a month into the season and finished third in the AL with 38 saves. The right-hander made $525,270 last season.

Texas also reached deals with three other relievers -- left-hander Jake Diekman at $2.55 million and right-handers Jeremy Jeffress at $2.1 million and Tanner Scheppers at $975,000 -- and right-handed starter A.J. Griffin accepted a $2 million offer, according to multiple reports.

Catcher Robinson Chirinos and infielder Jurickson Profar also agreed to contracts, reportedly at $1.95 million and $1,005,000, respectively.

Dyson went 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA in 73 games, second-most in the AL. The 28-year-old was drafted by Toronto in 2010 and claimed off waivers by Miami three years later. The Rangers acquired him at the trade deadline in 2015.

Diekman made $1.25 million while going 4-2 with a 3.40 ERA in 66 games last season.

Jeffress, who made $519,000 last season, came from Milwaukee with catcher Jonathan Lucroy in a deadline deal. The right-hander was away from the team for about a month, spending more than three weeks in a rehab clinic after his Aug. 26 arrest on a drunken-driving charge. He had a 2.70 ERA in 12 games with Texas.

Scheppers missed most of last season because of left knee surgery, making 10 appearances in the final month. The right-hander made $900,000 last year.

Griffin, who made $517,000 last season, was 7-4 with a 5.07 ERA in 23 starts after not pitching in the majors since 2013 because of right elbow surgery.

Chirinos lost his job when the Rangers acquired Lucroy. The 32-year-old, who has played in 261 games for Texas the past five years, hit .224 in 57 games in an injury-plagued season. Chirinos made $1.5 million last season.

After missing two full seasons because of right shoulder issues, Profar hit .239 with five homers and 20 RBIs. He played all four infield positions as well as left field and DH. He made $605,000 last season after avoiding arbitration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.