CHICAGO (AP) _ Third baseman Shane Andrews agreed Tuesday to a $1 million, one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, a $250,000 cut from the contract he signed with the Montreal Expos for last season.
Andrews is expected to be the Cubs’ starter at third. Gary Gaetti was released last month, leaving Cole Liniak, who played most of last season at Iowa, as the only other third baseman on the roster.
Andrews, 28, played the last three weeks of last season for Chicago after being cut by the Montreal Expos. In 19 games for the Cubs he batted .254 with five homers and 14 RBIs. Overall in 117 games, he hit .195 with 16 homers and 51 RBIs.
Andrews was Montreal’s first-round pick in the 1990 amateur draft. His career batting average is only .220 but he hit 25 homers for the Expos in 1998.
In addition to his base salary, Andrews can make an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 300, 325, 350, 375, 400 and 425 plate appearances, and $100,000 each for 450 and 500 plate appearances.