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Braves ink Infante

POSTED: January 13, 2009 12:06 a.m.

ATLANTA — Omar Infante, who started 77 games at five positions for Atlanta last season, agreed Monday to a $4,325,000, two-year contract with the Braves.

The deal with the 27-year-old, who had been eligible for salary arbitration, includes a club option for 2011. Infante had been eligible for free agency after next season.

Infante hit .293 with 24 doubles, three home runs and 40 RBIs in 2008. He hit .341 with runners in scoring position.

The versatile Infante started 26 games at third base and 26 in left field. He also started at shortstop, second base and center field and appeared in 96 games.

Infante has a .260 career batting average with Detroit and Atlanta. He was traded from Detroit to the Chicago Cubs on Nov. 12, 2007, and the Cubs traded Infante and pitcher Will Ohman to the Braves less than one month later for pitcher Jose Ascanio.

Infante will get $1.85 million this year and $2,225,000 in 2010, and the Braves hold a $2.5 million option for 2011 with a $250,000 buyout. He can earn additional performance bonuses each year based on plate appearances from 180-580: $300,000 this year, $775,000 in 2010 and $1 million in 2011.



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