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Nomar's base rises to $8.25M

MESA, Ariz. -- The first pitch of spring training hasn't
even been thrown, and Nomar Garciaparra already got a raise from
the Chicago Cubs.

Garciaparra will have a base salary of $8.25 million this year,
up from the $8 million deal he agreed to in December. As part of
the reworked contract, he will be able to earn $2.75 million in
performance bonuses instead of $3 million.

He was traded to Chicago from Boston last July 31 and then
became a free agent after the season. His initial contract called
for $400,000 bonuses each for 130, 135, 140, 145 and 150 games
started, and $500,000 each for 535 and 550 plate appearances

Under the revised deal, Garciaparra would get $150,000 for 130
games started, $400,000 each for 135, 140, 145 and 150 games
started, and $500,000 each for 535 and 550 plate appearances

Garciaparra only played 81 games last year because of injuries
to his Achilles' tendon, left wrist and groin.

He's a two-time AL batting champion who's hit .300 or better in
seven of his nine seasons and will be counted on to be a big run
producer after the departures of Sammy Sosa and Moises Alou.

He's expected to bat third for the Cubs this season.

Garciaparra spent his first 8½ seasons with the Red Sox. He
finished last season hitting a combined .308 with nine homers and
41 RBI.