Pirates' Chacon agrees to $3,825,000 deal
PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Shawn Chacon, the leading contender for the final spot in the Pittsburgh Pirates' rotation, bypassed salary arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,825,000.
Chacon, who split last season between the Yankees and Pirates, filed for $4.25 million in arbitration and the Pirates offered $3.7 million.
Chacon can make up to $225,000 in performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 160 and 180 innings and $125,000 for 200 innings.
While Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield continues to seek another right-hander to add to a predominantly left-handed staff, the 29-year-old Chacon is expected to go into spring training as the No. 5 starter.
Chacon was a combined 7-6 with a 6.36 ERA with the Yankees and Pirates last season, going 2-3 with a 5.48 ERA in nine starts for Pittsburgh. He gave up two earned runs or fewer in five of the nine starts, but allowed 22 earned runs in 17 1-3 innings -- an 11.42 ERA -- in the other four.
Chacon, who grew up in Greeley, Colo., has a 38-54 record in six major league seasons, the first four with Colorado. The one-time All-Star was 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 games after being deal to the Yankees in 2005, but lost his spot in their rotation last season.
Pittsburgh acquired Chacon from the Yankees on July 31 for outfielder-first baseman Craig Wilson, who agreed Thursday to a $2 million, one-year contract with the Braves.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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