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Nomar agrees on one-year deal with Cubs

CHICAGO  --Nomar Garciaparra enjoyed his brief stay with the Chicago Cubs so much he's coming back.

The five-time All-Star shortstop agreed to a $8 million, one-year contract with the Cubs on Tuesday. The deal also includes performance bonuses for games started and plate appearances.

Garciaparra hit .308 with nine homers and 41 RBIs with Boston and Chicago last season. Garciaparra said at the end of the season that he'd consider coming back to the Cubs, but he wanted to test the free-agent market for the first time in his career.

Garciaparra spent the first 8.5 years of his career with the Boston Red Sox before being traded to Chicago on July 31 as part of a four-team deal.

He played only 81 games last year because of Achilles' tendon, left wrist and groin injuries. But when he's healthy, the two-time AL batting champion still has plenty of power, hitting .344 and driving in 28 runs from July 1 to Aug. 31.

Garciaparra is a career .322 hitter with 182 home runs and 710 RBIs. He's hit .300 or better in seven seasons, and had a career-best 30-game hitting streak in 1997. He's been to the playoffs three times, and set an AL division series record in 1998 with 11 RBIs in four games.

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