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DJ LeMahieu gets two-year, $7.8 million deal from Rockies

PHOENIX -- All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu and the Colorado Rockies agreed to a two-year, $7.8 million contract ahead of their scheduled salary arbitration hearing Wednesday.

LeMahieu gets $3 million this year and $4.8 million in 2017.

Players finished with a final record of 3-1 in arbitration cases this year -- their first winning record in arbitration since they went 2-1 in 2011. Management has a 302-224 advantage since arbitration started in 1974. Teams were 8-6 last year, the most hearings since 2001.

Just four of the 156 players who filed for arbitration on Jan. 12 failed to settle. Three pitchers won their hearings: Toronto's Jesse Chavez ($4 million), Tampa Bay's Drew Smyly ($3.75 million) and Cincinnati's J.J. Hoover ($1.4 million). Astros catcher Jason Castro ($5 million) lost.

A Gold Glove winner in 2014, LeMahieu set career bests last year with a .301 average and 61 RBIs and also hit six home runs. He became an All-Star for the first time.

When the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month, LeMahieu had asked for a raise from $517,500 to $3.3 million, and the Rockies had offered $2.8 million.