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Heath Bell, 4 other Padres avoid arbitration

Padres closer Heath Bell has agreed to a $7.5 million, one-year contract and four other San Diego players also received deals Tuesday that avoided arbitration.

Outfielder Ryan Ludwick will earn $6,775,000, right-handed reliever Mike Adams received a deal for $2,535,000, third baseman Chase Headley gets $2,325,000 and pitcher Tim Stauffer gets $1,075,000.

The 33-year-old Bell went 6-1 with a 1.93 ERA and a career-best 47 saves last season, earning his second straight All-Star selection. He made $4 million last season.

Ludwick hit .251 with 17 home runs and 69 RBIs between St. Louis and San Diego. Headley batted .264 with 11 homers and 58 RBIs.

Adams went 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA in 70 outings. Stauffer was 6-5 with a 1.85 ERA in 32 appearances with seven starts.