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Alomar agrees to terms with Diamondbacks

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Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - The Arizona Tuesday agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran second baseman . Alomar will help solidify an Arizona infield that includes third baseman , newly acquired first baseman and shortstop .

The needed to fill a void at second after they traded and to Milwaukee in the Sexson deal on December 1. The addition of Alomar will also allow to occupy the utility role that was previously held by Counsell.

The 35-year-old Alomar, who will be entering his 17th major league season, became a free agent after the Chicago declined him arbitration. Alomar began last season with the New York , but was traded to the on July 1.

He batted only .262 with the before he was traded and hit .253 with three homers and 17 RBI for the .

Alomar, a 12-time All-Star, came to the in 2002 in an eight-player trade with Cleveland and struggled in his one-plus seasons in the Big Apple. Prior to his arrival in New York, Alomar hit .336 with 20 homers and 100 RBI for the in 2001.

"The thought of adding a 12-time All-Star to your club initially seems farfetched in these times when the bottom line is as scrutinized as the talent itself, said Senior Vice President/General Manager Joe Garagiola, Jr. "We could not have acquired a player of Roberto's stature without him showing tremendous desire to make this work. I know he had more lucrative offers from other clubs, but he made it clear that his priority was to come to Arizona and be a part of a contender. As we saw last year, our organization has some exciting young infielders and Roberto's presence both on the field and in the clubhouse can only make them better. Winning has been a key element in Roberto's career and there is no reason to believe that won't continue."

The 10-time Gold Glove winner has career averages of .301 with 206 homers and 1,110 RBI in 2,323 games with San Diego, Toronto, Baltimore, Cleveland, the and .

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