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Gibbons agrees to 1-year deal to stay with Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES (AP)

Jay Gibbons signed a one-year deal to stay with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

Gibbons will receive the major league minimum of $400,000 plus a cost-of-living adjustment to be announced next month.

The 33-year-old outfielder batted .280 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 37 games following his Aug. 8 promotion from Triple-A Albuquerque. He appeared in 19 games in the field, including 13 starts in left and two starts at first base.

It marked his return to the majors after a three-year absence.

Gibbons, one of several players implicated in the Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drugs in December 2007, received a 15-game suspension a week before the report was released.

The discipline was rescinded as part of an agreement between the players' union and the owners for more frequent testing and increased authority for the major league drug program's outside administrator.

Earlier Thursday, outfielder Scott Podsednik declined his option to return to the Dodgers, who had already exercised their half of a $2 million mutual option. He becomes a free agent.

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