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 WASHINGTON (AP) -Infielder Ronnie Belliard and the Washington Nationals agreed Monday to a two-year contract extension through the 2009 season.
Belliard is second on the club with a .305 batting average and has five homers and 29 RBIs.
He signed a minor league deal with the Nationals at the start of spring training and made the club as a backup. He became the starter at second base when shortstop Cristian Guzman had a season-ending injury last month, and Felipe Lopez shifted from second to shortstop.
Belliard had a $750,000 base salary this year and can earn $750,000 in performance bonuses, getting the full amount if he has 140 games played, 140 starts and 650 plate appearances.
He would have been eligible for free agency after the season.

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