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Giants Re-Sign Burks For $10M

Ellis Burks decided to stay with the San Francisco Giants, agreeing Thursday to a $10 million, two-year contract.

Burks, a 34-year-old outfielder, was acquired by San Francisco from Colorado on July 31 for Darryl Hamilton. Coming off a $9.1 million, two-year contract, Burks gets $4.5 million next season and $5.5 million in 2000.

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"Today's signing of Ellis Burks has significantly improved our run-producing capabilities," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said. "As we all witnessed late last season, Ellis really changes the look of our lineup."

The two-time All-Star hit .292 with 21 homers and 76 RBIs this season. With the Giants, he batted .306 with five homers and 22 RBIs.

Burks played with injured knees this year and had surgery after the season -- Sept. 30 on his left knee and Oct. 28 on his right.

"We can expect him to play even a more prominent role for us, both at the plate and in the field," Sabean said.

Burks, with a .290 career average, 230 homers and 820 RBI, was the second free agent to re-sign with the Giants. Pitcher Mark Gardner agreed to a $5 million, two-year deal.

Hamilton agreed last week to a $10.5 million, three-year contract with the Rockies.

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