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Hughes,Hutchison avoid arbitration with Pirates

Right-handers Jared Hughes and Drew Hutchison agreed to one-year contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates and avoided salary arbitration.

Hughes gets $2,825,000 under Thursday's deal, up from $2,175,000 last year. Hutchison receives $2.3 million, a raise of $100,000.

Hughes appeared in 67 games last season, posting a 3.03 ERA, but along with that came a 4.68 FIP, all in 59.1 innings, his lowest since 2013.

Hughes had a strong 2014 and 2015 season. He threw 131.1 innings in 139 games for the Pirates in those years.  His ground ball rate of 64.1 percent was sixth highest in baseball of the 308 pitchers totaling at least 100 innings.

Hutchison, 26, is a former 15th-round pick in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, who broke into the majors in 2012. Hutchison spent four seasons in the majors with the Blue Jays, shuttling between the rotation and the bullpen, before being dealt at the trade deadline to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a deal that involved Francisco Liriano.

Hutchison owns a career record of 30-21 and a 4.93 ERA in 82 appearances in the majors. Hutchison was confined to the minor leagues for most of the year, but went 1-0 with a 5.25 ERA in nine appearances (three starts) between Toronto and Pittsburgh.

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