The Pittsburgh Pirates and right handed pitcher Jared Hughes agreed on a 1-year contract to avoid arbitration. The contract is worth around $2.825 million for 2017, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
This marks the third time Hughes was arbitration eligible, leaving him with one more year of eligibility. Hughes was a Pirates draft pick in 2006, and has played a vital role in their bullpen since begin called up in 2011.
His most dominant years came in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He appeared in a combined 131 and 1/3 innings and generated an ERA of 2.12. He had the sixth highest ground ball rate in baseball during this time, inducing a ground ball 64.1% of the time.
He began last season on the disabled list due to a strained muscle, but was still able to appear in 67 games. Although it wasn’t as strong as his past two seasons, Hughes posted a 3.03 ERA over 59 and 1/3 innings. He also effectively used his sinker ball to generate another high ground ball rate with a mark of 57.9%.null