Feb 4, 2011 1:02 AM by Lee Douglas
DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies and third baseman Ian Stewart avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2,287,500 deal.
The Rockies' top pick in the 2004 draft, Stewart has had a series of ups and downs the last four seasons.
Since his major league debut in 2007, Stewart has hit .245 with 54 home runs and 181 RBIs. Twenty-five of those homers came in 2009, when he hit .228. He hit .256 last year, when he missed five weeks with a strained muscle in his right side.
Stewart asked for $2.6 million and the Rockies countered at $2.15 million.
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