Pirates beat Jones in salary arbitration, sign McGehee

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The Pirates won their arbitration case against Garrett Jones and agreed to terms with Casey McGehee on a contract for 2012, the team announced this morning.

The two are likely to platoon at first base this season. Jones could also play some right field, and McGehee could see time at third base.

Arbiters in St. Petersburg, Fla., agreed with the club's offer of $2.25 million for Jones, who was seeking $2.5 million. Jones made $455,500 last season and was eligible for arbitration for the first time.

As a Super 2 category player, he has three more years of arbitration eligibility remaining.

His hearing was Wednesday.

Jones, 30, hit .243 with 16 home runs and 58 RBIs in 2011 with an OBP of .321.

McGehee, whom the Pirates acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in an offseason trade, will earn $2,537,500, the midpoint between McGehee's desired salary of $2.725 million and the team's offering of $2.35 million, according to a source. He is eligible for $137,500 in bonuses, based on plate appearances.

McGehee, who made $468,000 last season, was scheduled for an arbitration hearing today.

McGehee hit .223 with 13 home runs and 67 RBIs in 2011, one year after hitting .285 with 23 homers and 104 RBIs.

He was eligible for arbitration for the first time.

This brings the projected 40-man roster payroll to about $44 million.

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