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Khalil Greene signs 2 year deal

    Padres get Greene for two years, offered longer

The Padres will never have to sit across an arbitration table from Khalil Greene.

The shortstop gave up the rights to two possible years of arbitration yesterday by agreeing to a two-year, $11 million guaranteed contract with the Padres.

The Padres had been seeking to sign Greene to a three-or four-year deal with an option to keep him a Padre beyond the end of the 2009 season, when the shortstop first becomes eligible for free agency.

But the shortstop rejected talks about a longer-term contract.

See we kept our heads, remained cool and everything worked out.  The important thing was nobody panicked when we heard the risk of arbitration.