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Pirates designate highest-paid player

Updated: June 16, 2010, 5:52 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates essentially wrote off their nearly $5 million investment in underperforming second baseman Aki Iwamura by designating their highest-paid player for assignment on Wednesday.

The move cleared a 25-man roster spot for top prospect Pedro Alvarez, who was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to start at third base.

Iwamura has been one of the majors' worst offensive players despite being paid $4.8 million, batting .182 with two homers and nine ...

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