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Bucs: Pirates & McGehee Strike Deal, Jones Loses Arbitration Case

By: Chris Gates
(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Pittsburgh’s first base situation became much more clear Thursday.

The Pirates signed Casey McGehee to a $2,537,500 contract for the 2012 season, avoiding arbitration. He made $468,000 last year.

Accordingly, arbiters ruled in favor of the Pirates in the case of Garrett Jones, setting Jones’s salary at $2,25 million. He made $455,500 last season.

Both are expected to see significant time at first base in 2012. McGehee also plays third base and Jones doubles as a right fielder.

McGehee hit .223 with 13 home runs and 67 RBIs in 2011. He had a breakout year in 2011, hitting .285 with 23 homers and 104 RBIs. Jones hit .243 with 16 home runs and 58 RBIs in 2011.

Chris Gates | Bucs Blog
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