Pirates, Vazquez near deal

Updated: December 11, 2008, 3:27 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

The Pittsburgh Pirates are close to an agreement on a two-year, $4 million deal with free-agent infielder Ramon Vazquez, two baseball sources told ESPN.com.

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington declined to address terms but said a deal could be reached shortly.

"It's not done," Huntington said. "There are still some things to work through. But it's close, and I'm optimistic."

Vazquez, 32, hit .290 with a .365 on-base percentage in 105 games with the Texas Rangers ...

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