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12/10/08 7:41 PM EST

D-backs bring back infielder Ojeda

Valuable utilityman returns to Arizona with one-year contract

LAS VEGAS -- The D-backs signed a second baseman on Wednesday.

Instead of it being one of the free agents they were pursuing, it was Augie Ojeda, who signed a one-year contract for $712,500.

Ojeda, who will turn 34 later this month, has been a valuable utility player for the D-backs the past two seasons.

The switch-hitter batted .242 in 105 games at second, third and shortstop.

Ojeda was eligible for salary arbitration.

The D-backs likely still will try to acquire additional help at second.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.