CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs have reached a $1,175,000, one-year deal with Jeff Baker, avoiding arbitration with the versatile infielder.
Baker hit .272 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 79 games for the Cubs last season, including a .326 average after the All-Star break. He made 23 starts at third base, 20 starts at second base, four in right field and one at first.
Chicago acquired the 29-year-old Baker in a trade with Colorado in 2009.
The Cubs announced the agreement on Thursday.
Baker has a .270 career batting average over six seasons in the majors, with 30 homers and 130 RBIs in 379 games.
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