Giants and utility man Arias agree to one-year deal
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jan 25, 2013
Arias, 28, emerged as a solid utility man after beginning last season as a non-roster invitee to big league Spring Training camp. Infielder Joaquin Arias has agreed to a one-year, $925,000 contract with the San Francisco Giants to avoid salary arbitration. Arias batted .270 with five homers and 34 RBIs in 112 games last season when he played mostly at shortstop and third base. Arias became the fifth arbitration-eligible Giant to avoid an arbitration hearing, joining catcher Buster Posey, right fielder Hunter Pence, left-hander Jose Mijares and outfielder Gregor Blanco. The deal reached Friday leaves reliever Sergio Romo as the only Giants arbitration-eligible player left to sign. His most essential October contribution occurred in Game 3 of the Division Series at Cincinnati: He hustled out a 10th-inning, two-out chopper that he hit toward third baseman Scott Rolen, who bobbled the ball for an error in his haste to throw it to first base in time.