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Yankees finalize contract with 1B Mientkiewicz

Updated: January 5, 2007, 7:21 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz and the New York Yankees finalized their $1.5 million, one-year contract Friday.

A Gold Glove winner in 2001 with the Minnesota Twins, the 32-year-old Mientkiewicz hit .283 with four homers and 43 RBI last season for the Kansas City Royals before season-ending back surgery in late August.

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"There's not too many first basemen who could save two, three runs a game," Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon, his former teammate ...

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