PITTSBURGH (AP) -Pirates outfielder Xavier Nady and left-handed reliever John Grabow bypassed arbitration by agreeing to one-year contracts Friday, the day teams and players exchanged salary numbers.
Second baseman Freddy Sanchez, the 2006 NL batting champion, did not reach an agreement and swapped arbitration figures with the team. Sanchez, who made $2,750,000 last season, asked for $4.9 million while Pittsburgh offered $4.1 million.
Nady, the Pirates' right fielder who was sidelined several times with injuries last season, will make $3.35 million, up from the $2,150,000 he made in 2007. Nady hit .278 with 20 homers and 72 RBIs in 125 games.
The deal includes up to $250,000 in performance bonuses, with $25,000 for 475 plate appearances, $50,000 for 525, $55,000 each for 550 and 575 plate appearances and $65,000 for 600.
Grabow's salary will be $1,135,000, a raise of $302,500 from the $832,500 he made last season. He can earn $75,000 in bonuses, with $20,000 for 65 appearances, $25,000 for 70 games and $30,000 for 75 games.
Grabow, who has appeared in at least 63 games each of the last four seasons, was 3-2 with a 4.53 ERA in 51 2-3 innings last season.
Nady missed nearly a month because of multiple hamstring injuries and sat out 10 games with a concussion. The Pirates listened to offseason trade offers for him, but didn't like any of the proposals.

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