D-backs, Jackson avoid arbitration
Outfielder signs one-year, $3.05 million deal on day before hearing
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The D-backs signed outfielder Conor Jackson to a one-year, $3.05 million contract on Tuesday, one day before the two sides were scheduled for a salary-arbitration hearing.
"I'm just glad it's over with," Jackson said. "I'm ready to get back to baseball and get back on the field. I'm really glad I am not missing the first full-squad workout [Thursday]."
Jackson, 26, hit .300 with 12 homers and 75 RBIs last year and was eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career.
The $3.05 million figure was the midpoint between the $3.65 million Jackson was seeking and the $2.45 million figure the club submitted.
"Being my first time it was a little stressful," he said. "It's just good to avoid a hearing."
The settlement means the D-backs have never gone to a salary-arbitration hearing since Josh Byrnes took over as general manager after the 2005 season.
Jackson was part of a class that included Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, who also reached agreement on Tuesday. Ethier's deal is worth $3.1 million.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.