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Yankees Announce John Flaherty Contract

December 15, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Yankees finalized their $775,000, one-year contract with backup catcher John Flaherty on Monday.

Flaherty, 36, hit .267 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 49 games and 105 at-bats last season, getting 31 starts as Jorge Posada’s backup.

He also has played for Boston (1992-93), Detroit (1994-96), San Diego (1996-97) and Tampa Bay (1998-2002).

The deal was agreed to several weeks ago. Other contracts awaiting finalization include agreements with right-handers Tom Gordon and Paul Quantrill, and infielder Miguel Cairo. In addition, lawyers for the Yankees and outfielder Gary Sheffield are trying to put their $39 million, three-year deal in writing.

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