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Yankees, Cairo reach agreement on one-year deal

NEW YORK -- Infielder Miguel Cairo and the New York Yankees
reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday on a $1 million, one-year
contract.

Cairo's deal is pending a physical, which likely will take place
this week.

He was with the Yankees in 2004, winning the starting job at
second base during the second half of the season and winding up
with a .292 average and 42 RBI. He wanted to re-sign but the
Yankees balked at his contract request last December and instead
signed Tony Womack, who lost his job one month into the season and
was dealt to Cincinnati this month.

Cairo landed with the New York Mets as a backup infielder and
outfielder, and he batted .251 with 19 RBI.

He would be a reserve infielder with the Yankees, who have
Robinson Cano returning at second base.