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Wilson hit 29 home runs in '04

PITTSBURGH -- Outfielder-first baseman Craig Wilson and right-hander Josh Fogg bypassed arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to one-year contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Wilson, coming off an inconsistent but promising 29-homer season, will make $3 million -- more than doubling his 2004 salary of $1.35 million.

Fogg, who overcame a poor start last season to finish 11-10 with a 4.64 ERA, will make $2.15 million and can earn an additional $200,000 in performance bonuses based on games started and innings pitched. He made $342,000 last season.

Wilson, 28, played regularly for the first time last season, hitting .264 with 29 homers and 82 RBIs, but had a franchise-record
169 strikeouts in 561 at-bats. Wilson hit .286 with 17 homers
before the All-Star break, but tailed off to a .235 average with 80
strikeouts in 243 at-bats after the break.

Wilson is likely to get most of his playing time at first base
and in right field, although the Pirates still hope to sign another
outfielder who can play left or right field before spring training
begins.

Fogg, who has won at least 10 games each of the last three
seasons, is 33-31 with a 4.64 ERA since being traded by the White
Sox after the 2001 season.

Fogg can make $25,000 for 29 starts and $50,000 for 33 starts,
plus $25,000 for 180 innings pitched, $40,000 for 190 innings and
$60,000 for 200 innings.

The Pirates began the offseason with nine arbitration-eligible
players but have signed all but one, utilityman Rob Mackowiak. He
made $335,000 last season while hitting .246 with 17 homers and 75
RBIs.

Reliever Salomon Torres and shortstop Jack Wilson agreed to
two-year deals, while first baseman Daryle Ward and right-handers
Brian Meadows and Kip Wells agreed to one-year deals. Infielder
Abraham Nunez became a free agent after clearing waivers.