The Giants on Friday avoided salary arbitration with four of their six eligible players, most notably catcher Buster Posey.

The National League MVP will receive $8 million in his first year of arbitration along with awards bonuses, a sizable raise from his 2012 salary of $615,000.

Earlier Friday, the Giants reached a $13.8 million, one-year deal with right fielder Hunter Pence. A midseason acquisition in 2012, Pence had hoped to reach a long-term deal. He'll be a free agent after the 2013 season.

The team also reached one-year deals with outfielder Gregor Blanco ($1.35 million) and reliever Jose Mijares ($1.8 million).

Closer Sergio Romo and infielder Joaquin Arias are the only arbitration-eligible Giants who have not reached an agreement. According to CBSSports.com, Romo filed for a 2013 salary of $4.5 million, and the team was at $2.675 million. Arias reportedly asked for $1.1 million, not far from the Giants' filing of $750,000.

The A's agreed to one-year deals with reliever Jerry Blevins and first baseman Brandon Moss. The A's have signed all their arbitration-eligible players. Blevins will earn $1.1 million, while Moss will make $1.6 million.

Other A.L. players agreeing to one-year deals to avoid arbitration included Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury ($9 million) and relievers Andrew Bailey ($4.1 million) and Joel Hanrahan ($7.04 million); Houston shortstop Jed Lowrie ($2.4 million); Detroit pitcher outfielder Brennan Boesch ($2.3 million); Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jason Vargas ($8.5 million); Seattle first baseman Kendrys Morales ($5.250 million); Cleveland pitchers Chris Perez ($7.3 million) and Justin Masterson ($5,687,500); and Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters ($5.5 million).

N.L. players signing included Atlanta pitcher Eric O'Flaherty ($4.32 million); Arizona pitchers Ian Kennedy ($4.265 million) and Brad Ziegler ($3.15 million); San Diego pitcher Edinson Volquez ($5.725 million) and catcher John Baker ($930,000); and Pittsburgh first baseman Garrett Jones ($4.5 million).

  • Milwaukee first baseman Corey Hart will miss three to four months with an injured right knee that requires surgery. Hart hit .270 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs in 2012.

  • A's minor leaguer Gary Daley Jr., 27, was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a banned drug (Methylphenidate). He was 10-10 with a 5.11 ERA at Double-A Midland in 2012.

    Miscellany

    Olympic swimmers Nathan Adrian and Missy Franklin won 100-meter freestyle events on the first night of the Austin (Texas) Grand Prix.

    Adrian, a former Cal star, won in 48.32 seconds, topping Matt Biondi's pool record of 48.42 set in 1988. Franklin, a Cal signee, won in 54.68. Also, former Stanford star BJ Johnson won the men's 200 breaststroke in 2:13.02, and Cardinal products Eugene Godsoe (53.54) and Bobby Bollier (53.57) placed 1-2 in the men's 100 butterfly.

  • Olympic champion Evan Lysacek withdrew from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships because of a slow recovery from surgery on a sports hernia in November.

  • Gussie Moran, who gained fame for competing at Wimbledon wearing a short skirt and lace-trimmed underwear in 1949, died at her home in Los Angeles. She was 89.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.