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Cairo, Yankees get deal done

NEW YORK -- Miguel Cairo returned to the New York Yankees on
Thursday, finalizing a $1 million, one-year contract.

The 31-year-old infielder spent last season with the New York
Mets, hitting .251 with 19 RBI. He was with the Yankees in 2004
and became the starting second baseman during the second half of
the season. He hit .292 with 42 RBI and wanted to re-sign, but the
Yankees wouldn't give him a two-year contract and instead signed
Tony Womack, who quickly lost his starting job to Robinson Cano.
Cairo will back up Cano, first baseman Jason Giambi and third
baseman Alex Rodriguez.
New York also agreed to a minor league deal with right-hander
Ramiro Mendoza, who returned to the major leagues in September
following shoulder surgery in January. He pitched one inning, on
Sept. 1, and manager Joe Torre said Mendoza still needed to get arm
strength back to be effective.