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Players win arbitration season, taking 3 of 4 cases in 2016

<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sep 11, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesse Chavez (30) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports<br> <br> Sep 30, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly (33) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports<br> <br> Apr 17, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher J.J. Hoover (60) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during a game at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals beat the Reds 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports</p>

     Sep 11, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesse Chavez (30) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 30, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly (33) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 17, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher J.J. Hoover (60) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during a game at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals beat the Reds 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

With the Colorado Rockies and All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu agreeing to a $7.8 million, two-year deal and avoiding arbitration on Wednesday, the MLB arbitration season came to an end.

While 156 players filed for arbitration on Jan. 12, just four failed to settle.

Three players, all pitchers, won their hearings: Toronto's Jesse Chavez ($4 million), acquired in an offseason trade from Oakland, Tampa Bay's Drew Smyly ($3.75 million) and Cincinnati's J.J. Hoover ($1.4 million). Astros catcher Jason Castro ($5 million) lost.

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