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Sanchez avoids arbitration with Pirates, agreeing to new deal

Updated: February 5, 2008, 3:45 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez agreed on a contract that could be worth $19 million over three seasons.

The deal is for two years and $11 million guaranteed and includes a third-year, $8 million option that will vest if Sanchez reaches a designated threshold of 635 plate appearances in 2009.

Sanchez will get a $300,000 signing bonus, $4 million this year and $6.1 million in 2009. The contract potentially locks up Sanchez with the Pirates through his first ...

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