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Pirates' LaRoche agrees to $7.05 million deal

Updated: January 20, 2009, 3:21 PM ET
Associated Press

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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Adam LaRoche bypassed arbitration by agreeing Tuesday to a $7.05 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes $100,000 in performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 555 and 590 plate appearances.

This was the third time LaRoche was arbitration-eligible. He can become a free agent after the 2009 season.

Pittsburgh also agreed to one-year deals with left-handers Zach Duke ($2.2 million) ...

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