Cubs agree to one-year deal with 2B/OF Hairston

Updated: January 30, 2006, 6:34 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Second baseman/outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal Monday with the Chicago Cubs and avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Second Base
Chicago Cubs

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
114 4 30 51 .336 .261

Hairston, acquired by the Cubs on Feb. 2 last year from Baltimore for Sammy Sosa, hit .261 in 114 games with four homers and 30 RBI. He appeared in 44 games at second and 58 in the outfield, including 48 in center field. He was slowed in August by a problem with an elbow ligament.

Hairston made $1.85 million last season. He asked for $2.6 million in arbitration and the Cubs countered with an offer of $1.95 million.

Chicago has three players remaining in arbitration: right-hander Carlos Zambrano, center fielder Juan Pierre and left-hander Will Ohman. They agreed with right-hander Mark Prior last Friday.


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