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Gerut signs $875,000 deal to stay with Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- Outfielder Jody Gerut signed an $875,000,
one-year contract Tuesday with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He made $356,200 last season for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago
Cubs and Pirates. He was dealt by Chicago to Pittsburgh for
outfielder Matt Lawton on July 31, but a knee injury limited Gerut
to 18 at-bats with the Pirates.

Gerut, expected to compete for the right field job, could make
an additional $75,000 in bonuses based on plate appearances.

He batted .253 with one homer and 14 RBI in 170 at-bats
overall. He hit .279 with 22 homers and 75 RBI in 127 games with
Cleveland as a rookie in 2003.

He had been eligible for salary arbitration.