Third baseman earned $3.7M last season

Updated: January 19, 2004, 4:33 PM ET
Associated Press

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

 Adrian Beltre

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.

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