KC also deals Vasquez to Braves

Updated: December 16, 2004, 9:29 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Benito Santiago was traded Thursday by the Kansas City Royals to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have sought a veteran catcher since dealing Jason Kendall to Oakland last month.

On a busy day for the Royals, they also acquired outfielder-catcher Eli Marrero and cash from Atlanta for right-hander Jorge Vasquez.

The Royals get right-handed prospect Leo Nunez for Santiago but must also pay about $1 million of Santiago's $2.15 million salary in the second season of his two-year ...

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