Bautista's one-year deal could pay another $100,000 in bonuses
PITTSBURGH -- Third baseman Jose Bautista and the Pittsburgh Pirates bypassed arbitration by agreeing Thursday to a $1.8 million, one-year contract.
Bautista's salary represents a substantial raise from the $397,500 he made last season. The deal includes $100,000 in available performance bonuses for games played and plate appearances.
Bautista hit .254 with 15 homers and 63 RBIs while playing in a career-high 142 games last season.
Bautista, 27, was a 20th-round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2000, but was claimed by Baltimore in the Rule 5 draft in December 2003. He wound up playing for four teams in 2004 -- the Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Kansas City Royals and Pirates -- after the Orioles designated him for assignment in late May.
Bautista returned to Pittsburgh in a July 2004 trade. He batted .235 with 16 homers and 51 RBIs in 117 games in 2006, playing the infield and outfield.
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