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01/20/09 6:08 PM EST

Giants avoid arbitration with Taschner

Left-handed reliever signs one-year, $835,000 contract

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants avoided a salary-arbitration hearing with left-hander Jack Taschner, who signed a one-year, $835,000 contract Tuesday.

Taschner, the lone arbitration-eligible Giants player, earned $400,000 last season while finishing 3-2 with a 4.88 ERA in a career- and team-high 67 appearances.

The timing of the accord was no accident. Arbitration-eligible players and their respective clubs were due to exchange one-year salary proposals Tuesday. The Giants have not gone to arbitration with a player since 2004, when they needed a three-member panel to help them settle on a contract with catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Though the Giants signed free agent Jeremy Affeldt with the expectation that he will become the bullpen's leading left-hander in a setup role, the club believes Taschner can thrive while pitching in earlier situations. He led Giants relievers by stranding 75 percent of his inherited runners (57-of-76) last year and has struck out 124 batters in 140 innings spanning 178 career Major League outings.

Taschner has spent his entire 10-year professional career with the Giants organization.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.