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Blue Jays agree on deal with Janssen to avoid arbitration

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Casey Janssen winds up June 6, 2011.

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Right-hander Casey Janssen and the Toronto Blue Jays have avoided salary arbitration, agreeing on a two-year contract worth at least $5.9-million (U.S.).

The Blue Jays said Monday the agreement includes a $4-million team option for 2014. It was not clear whether there was an additional buyout of the option.

A hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Janssen was 6-0 with a 2.26 ERA and two saves in 55 relief appearances last year, when he made $1,095,000. The 30-year-old is 21-19 with nine saves and a 3.81 ERA in 199 relief appearances and 22 starts over five seasons.

He had asked for $2.2-million in arbitration and had been offered $1.8-million.

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