Stephen Drew agrees to $3.4 million contract

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Arizona Diamondbacks logo By Natalie Rivers Arizona Diamondbacks logo By Natalie Rivers

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with shortstop Stephen Drew by reaching agreement on a $3.4 million, one-year contract.

Drew was coming off a five-year contract he agreed to after being selected by the Diamondbacks as the 15th pick in the 2004 amateur draft. That deal called for a $4 million signing bonus and annual salaries of $700,000 in the majors and $300,000 in the minors.

Drew, younger brother of Boston's J.D. Drew, has been in the majors since midway through 2006, his second professional season.

He hit a career-best .298 with 44 doubles and 21 homers in 2008 but dipped to .261 with 29 doubles and 12 homers last season, although he did have a career-high 12 triples.