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Atkins agrees to 1-year, $7.05M deal

Updated: February 3, 2009, 8:10 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Third baseman Garrett Atkins avoided arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year, $7.05 million contract with the Colorado Rockies that will make him the second-highest paid player on the team.

Atkins is training at Athletes' Performance in Carson, Calif., in preparation for his move back to third base and is pleased a deal was struck, agent Jeff Blank told The Associated Press.

"Garrett's really excited that he doesn't have to travel to Phoenix for a hearing because he's ...

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