Belliard bypasses free agency by agreeing to extension

Updated: July 23, 2007, 8:12 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Infielder Ronnie Belliard and the Washington Nationals agreed Monday to a $3.5 million, two-year contract extension through the 2009 season, a veteran building block for a club trying to improve.

"They have a good thing going here," the 32-year-old Belliard said by telephone from Philadelphia, where the Nationals open a series Tuesday. "Those young guys -- they want to win."

He is second on the club with a .305 batting average and has five homers, 18 doubles ...

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