Pirates settle with LaRoche, Grabow

Updated: February 2, 2007, 5:15 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- First baseman Adam LaRoche avoided a salary arbitration hearing with his new club, agreeing Friday to a $3.2 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Left-hander John Grabow, expected to play a bigger role in the Pirates' bullpen with Gonzalez gone, also bypassed arbitration and agreed to a one-year contract for $832,500.

LaRoche, in his first year of arbitration eligibility, had sought $3.7 million from his former club while the Braves offered $2.8 million. ...

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