Atkins Agrees To New Deal With Rockies

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DENVER (AP) - Third baseman Garrett Atkins avoided arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year, $7.05 million contract with the Colorado Rockies that will make him the second-highest paid player on the team.

Agent Jeff Blank told the Associated Press that Atkins is training at athletes' performance in Carson, Calif., in preparation for his move back to third base and is pleased a deal was struck.

All six of the Rockies' arbitration-eligible players avoided hearings by agreeing to one-year deals this offseason.

The 29-year-old Atkins can make an additional $125,000 if he reaches 700 plate appearances this year.

After making $4.44 million last season, Atkins asked for $7.95 million in arbitration and the club offered $6.65 million. The sides were set to go to a hearing Friday in Arizona.

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