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Cubs, catcher Paul Bako agree to terms on 2009 contract
01/30/2009 2:03 PM ET
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and catcher Paul Bako have agreed to terms on a 2009 contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bako, 36, last season set career highs with 30 runs scored, 35 RBI and six home runs in 99 games with the Cincinnati Reds. He batted .217 (65-for-299) with 11 doubles and two triples. He owns a career .231 batting average (482-for-2086) with 94 doubles, 21 home runs and 186 RBI in 745 big league games. Bako's .305 career on-base percentage is 74 points higher than his career batting average.

The left-handed hitter rejoins the Cubs organization after spending his first 11 major league seasons with 10 different clubs, including two years with the Cubs from 2003-04. He broke into the big leagues with the Tigers in 1998 and has also played for the Astros (1999-2000), Marlins (2000), Braves (2000-01), Brewers (2002), Cubs (2003-04), Dodgers (2005), Royals (2006), Orioles (2007) and Reds (2008).

Bako has thrown out 28.2 percent of attempted basestealers in his career, including a 26.7-percent success rate last season with the Reds. He has a .990 career fielding percentage behind the plate.

The six-foot-two, 215-pound Bako was a member of the 2003 National League Central Division winning Cubs club that advanced to the National League Championship Series. He also was a member of the Atlanta Braves post-seasons teams in 2000 and 2001.

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