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Ausmus returns to Dodgers

Updated: January 26, 2010, 11:24 PM ET
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Veteran catcher Brad Ausmus will return for an 18th season, re-signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers for one year and $1 million on Tuesday.

The guarantee is for $1 million, but Ausmus' salary for 2010 is $850,000. The contract also includes a $1 million mutual option for 2011 or a $150,000 buyout.

"Brad provided us with a very strong presence off the bench last season, and his contributions were many, both on and off the field," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said.

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