Braves, Wilson agree to $2 million, 1-year contract

Updated: January 19, 2007, 3:19 PM ET
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ATLANTA -- Craig Wilson, who could contend for playing time or a starting job in first base or left field, agreed Thursday to a $2 million, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Wilson, 30, hit .251 with 17 homers and 49 RBIs last season for the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees, who acquired him July 31 for pitcher Shawn Chacon.

Wilson can earn an additional $100,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances, sources tell ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

Atlanta has an opening at first base after agreeing Wednesday to trade Adam LaRoche to the Pirates for reliever Mike Gonzalez in a four-player deal.

Wilson could platoon with left-handed hitting Scott Thorman at first base. The 25-year-old Thorman played for Triple-A Richmond and Atlanta in 2006. Wilson also get playing opportunities in left field, where the Braves currently have a platoon of Ryan Langerhans and Matt Diaz.

Wilson has a .265 career batting average in six seasons. He has played 314 games in the outfield and 262 games at first base and has experience as a catcher.

In addition to his salary, he can earn $100,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 400, 425, 450 and 475 plate appearances.

Jerry Crasnick covers Major League Baseball for ESPN Insider. Information from The Associated Press also was used.

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