TORONTO (AP) -Left-handers Gustavo Chacin and Brian Tallet avoided arbitration with the Toronto Blue Jays, agreeing Thursday to one-year contracts.
Chacin, whose deal is worth $725,000, went 2-1 with a 5.60 ERA in five starts last year but did not pitch after April 28 because of a strained left shoulder. He had season-ending surgery in August to repair a small tear in his rotator cuff.
In 2006, Chacin was limited to 17 starts because of an elbow strain.
Chacin is the only left-handed starter on Toronto's roster. The rest of the projected rotation includes right-handers Roy Halladay, A.J. Burnett, Shaun Marcum, Dustin McGowan and Jesse Litsch.
Tallet, who will earn $640,000, appeared in a career-high 48 games for Toronto in 2007, going 2-4 with a 3.47 ERA. He struck out 54 and walked 28.
The Blue Jays have four other players who filed for arbitration: outfielder Alex Rios, infielder Marco Scutaro, right-hander Jason Frasor and left-hander Scott Downs.
Teams and players exchange figures Friday.

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