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Cardinals, Ankiel agree to one-year contract

Updated: February 12, 2009, 4:46 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Outfielder Rick Ankiel and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,825,000 Thursday, avoiding arbitration.

The agreement was at the midpoint between the $3.3 million Ankiel asked for when the sides exchanged figures last month and the $2.35 million St. Louis had offered. A hearing had been scheduled for Thursday in Phoenix.

Ankiel made $975,000 last year, when he hit .264 with 25 home runs and 71 RBIs in a season shortened by a hernia operation in ...

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