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McLouth, Pirates agree to 3-year contract

Updated: February 17, 2009, 3:10 PM ET
Associated Press

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Outfielder Nate McLouth reached an agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday on a $15.75 million, three-year contract that includes a team option for 2012.

The agreement was struck hours before the scheduled start of a salary arbitration hearing in Phoenix.

"We agreed to the deal because we believe in Nate and believe we're going to feel as strongly four years from now as we do today," general manager Neal Huntington said. "We get cost certainty as we move ...

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