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Gathright, Cubs agree to deal

Updated: December 16, 2008, 1:40 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Joey Gathright and the Chicago Cubs agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract Tuesday, three days after the outfielder became a free agent when Kansas City failed to offer a deal for 2009.

Primarily a center fielder, Gathright has played five seasons in the majors with Tampa Bay and Kansas City, batting .263 in 399 games.

The Cubs have been looking to improve their left-handed hitting. Gathright also gives them speed. He stole 21 bases in 25 chances last season for the ...

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