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
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.