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Figueroa, Sanchez reach 1-year deals

11/18/2003 - Pittsburgh Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- Right-handers Nelson Figueroa and Duaner Sanchez agreed to one-year contracts Wednesday with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Figueroa was 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA in three starts and nine relief
appearances games with Pittsburgh last season, including three
starts. He was one of the top pitchers in the Triple-A Pacific
Coast League, going 12-5 with a 2.97 ERA in 23 starts at Nashville.

Sanchez is a hard-throwing reliever acquired from Arizona for
reliever Mike Fetters in 2002. He had a 1-0 record and 16.50 ERA in
six Pirates appearances, giving up 15 hits and 11 earned runs in
six innings. He was 4-4 with a 3.69 ERA at Nashville.

Both got split contracts. Figueroa gets paid at an annual rate
of $375,000 in the majors and $151,000 in the minors. Sanchez gets
paid at a rate of $305,000 in the majors and $105,000 in the
minors.