Cubs agree to one-year deal with 2B/OF Hairston

CHICAGO -- Second baseman/outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr.
agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal Monday with the Chicago Cubs and avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Hairston, acquired by the Cubs on Feb. 2 last year from
Baltimore for Sammy Sosa, hit .261 in 114 games with
four homers and 30 RBI. He appeared in 44 games at second and 58
in the outfield, including 48 in center field. He was slowed in
August by a problem with an elbow ligament.

Hairston made $1.85 million last season. He asked for $2.6
million in arbitration and the Cubs countered with an offer of
$1.95 million.

Chicago has three players remaining in arbitration: right-hander
Carlos Zambrano, center fielder Juan Pierre and left-hander Will
Ohman. They agreed with right-hander Mark Prior last Friday.