LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers and reliever Hong-Chih Kuo reached agreement Wednesday on a one-year, $2.725 million contract, with another $675,000 possible through bonuses.Kuo is coming off a record-breaking All-Star season. He set a franchise mark and led all Major Leaguers with a 1.20 ERA and he inherited the closer's job when Jonathan Broxton wobbled. Kuo struck out 73 batters with 18 walks in 60 innings, while opponents hit just .139 off him. Kuo converted his last 12 save opportunities, but he doesn't have typical closer stats and his brittle elbow prevents him from being projected as a reliable ninth-inning solution. Nonetheless, $600,000 of the bonus money is for games finished, which would reward Kuo if he becomes the closer.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.