Pirates acquire Iwamura from Rays

Updated: November 3, 2009, 9:46 PM ET
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have been plugging holes after trades for years, but filling the Freddy Sanchez void proved difficult.

On Tuesday, the team agreed to acquire second baseman Akinori Iwamura from the Tampa Bay Rays for reliever Jesse Chavez.

The deal was first reported by ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

The Pirates tried to work out an extension with Sanchez before the trade deadline, but after he rejected their overture, the Pirates traded him to the San Francisco ...

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