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Cubs and Jeff Baker avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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PITTSBURGH - JUNE 1: Third baseman Jeff Baker #28 of the Chicago Cubs looks on from the dugout before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 1, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pirates defeated the Cubs 3-2. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

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Jeff Baker and the Cubs have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal prior to tonight’s contract-tendering deadline.

Jon Paul Morosi of reports that the deal is worth $1.175 million, which is a 20 percent raise from the $975,000 he earned while hitting .272/.326/.413 in a part-time role this season.

Baker has logged 333, 248, and 224 plate appearances in the past three seasons and figures to spend 2011 in a reserve role again. He started a total of 48 games this year, seeing most of his action at third base and second base.