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Giants, pitcher Correia agree to 1-year deal to avoid arbitration

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants and right-hander
Kevin Correia agreed Friday to a $1,075,000 contract for 2008,
avoiding salary arbitration.

Correia is slated to be the team's fifth starter this season
after going 3-1 with a 2.54 ERA in eight starts over the final six
weeks of last season. He started the season in the bullpen, and
went 4-7 with a 3.45 ERA in 101 2-3 innings overall.

Correia, who made $400,000 last season, asked for $1.3 million,
while the Giants offered $850,000. The two sides settled at the
midpoint. Correia can earn an additional $75,000 in performance
bonuses, getting $25,000 each for making 25, 27 and 29 starts as a
pitcher.

The Giants earlier reached deals with right-handers Brad Hennessey and Vinnie Chulk, their only other two players eligible
for arbitration.