Pirates' Gerut accepts pay cut

Updated: January 25, 2007, 9:44 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jody Gerut, out for most of two seasons with knee problems, accepted a $25,000 pay cut and agreed Thursday to an $850,000, one-year deal.

Gerut bypassed arbitration in accepting a cut from his 2006 salary of $875,000. He had asked for $925,000 and the Pirates had offered $800,000.

The left-handed-hitting Gerut can make $140,000 in performance bonuses: $15,000 each for 200 and 250 plate appearances, $20,00 for 350 plate appearances, $25,000 each for 400 and 500 plate appearances and $40,000 for 550 plate appearances.

Gerut had his second knee operation in three seasons last year and did not play in the majors.

The 29-year-old Gerut was expected to make the Pirates' roster out of spring training but was among their final cuts. He complained of soreness in his right knee after that and failed to report to Triple-A Indianapolis but agreed in mid-May to report to the team's extended spring camp. He later had surgery.

Gerut had 22 homers and 75 RBIs as a rookie for the Indians in 2003 but has only 12 homers in 193 games since then with the Indians, Cubs and Pirates. He was limited to 55 games in 2005.

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