Ausmus, Dodgers finalize deal

Updated: January 26, 2009, 8:56 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Veteran catcher Brad Ausmus and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a one-year, $1 million contract Monday.

The parties agreed to terms last week, and the three-time Gold Glove winner needed to take a physical. He can earn an additional $350,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.

Ausmus spent the past eight seasons with Houston and batted .218 with three homers and 24 RBIs in 81 games last year. He will back up All-Star catcher Russell Martin in Los Angeles.

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