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Astros Sign Tim Bogar

January 17, 1998

HOUSTON (AP) _ Houston Astros shortstop Tim Bogar agreed Friday to a $725,000, one-year contract, nearly three times his $275,000 salary last season.

Bogar, 31, played in 97 games for the Astros last year, hitting .249 with four homers and 30 RBIs.

Bogar was injured Sept. 4 when he was hit by a pitch in a game against San Francisco, breaking his left arm. The infielder joined the Astros just prior to the start of the 1997 season on a waiver claim from the New York Mets.

In addition to his base salary, Bogar can earn $90,000 in performance bonuses: $30,000 each for 350, 400 and 450 plate appearances.

Four other Astros remain eligible for salary arbitration: Brad Ausmus, Carl Everett, Ricky Gutierrez and Mike Hampton.

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