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Pirates sign Castillo to 1-year contract

Updated: February 7, 2007, 9:39 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Second baseman Jose Castillo and the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration Wednesday, agreeing to a $1.9 million, one-year contract.

Castillo filed for $2.2 million and the Pirates offered $1.8 million. He can earn an additional $20,000 for 570 plate appearances and $30,000 for 590 plate appearances.

Castillo hit .253 with 14 homers and 65 RBIs last season, when he slumped badly over the second half of the season. He was hitting .283 on July 5, but went 8-for-73 (.110) ...

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