D-backs' Delgado gets $2.25 million deal, avoids arbitration

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Arizona Diamondbacks' Randall Delgado throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Phillies 2-1. (Source: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Randall Delgado throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Phillies 2-1. (Source: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
PHOENIX (AP) -

The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with Randall Delgado by agreeing to a $2.25 million, one-year contract with the right-handed reliever.

Often as an effective long-reliever, Delgado went 1-2 with a 3.59 ERA in 26 appearances in 2017 before right elbow inflammation in mid-July ended his season.

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The deal announced Monday night indicates the Diamondbacks are optimistic about Delgado's recovery. Delgado was acquired in the Justin Upton trade in 2013 and is 23-19 in 236 games with the Diamondbacks.

Arizona still has 12 arbitration-eligible players.

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