September 12, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Joaquin Arias (13) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Arias, Giants Avoid Arbitration

Giants have signed utility infielder Joaquin Arias to a one-year, $925,000 contract to avoid arbitration, according to

Arias undoubtedly had the best season of his career in 2012, hitting .270 with five home runs 112 games, all career highs.

The 28-year old played sparingly between 2006 and 2010 with the Rangers and Mets.

He played a pivotal role in the Giants run to the World Series, beating out Scott Rolen’s throw for an infield single in Game 3 of the NLDS that gave the Giants the lead in extra innings.

The Giants wound up coming back from an 0-2 deficit to defeat the Reds and advance to the NLCS.

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