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Unable to trade him, Pirates release utility man Ramon Vazquez

Apr 8, 2010, 2:41 PM EST

After designating him for assignment last week and apparently finding no takers via trade, the Pirates released Ramon Vazquez today.
Pittsburgh signed Vazquez to a two-year, $4 million deal last offseason, but he hit just .230/.335/.279 as a part-time player and then struggled this spring following winter knee surgery at age 33.
With the Pirates on the hook for this season’s $2 million salary Vazquez should be able to find a bench gig elsewhere for the minimum salary. He’s logged over 1,000 innings at each of second base, shortstop, and third base and hits reasonably well for a utility man with a .254/.328/.350 career line in 696 games.

  1. Josh in Dallas - Apr 8, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Guarantee Jon Daniels has already called Vazquez. Time to DFA Joaquin Arias…

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