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Sanchez, LaRoche among 5 Pirates offered arbitration

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates offered contracts to
all five of their arbitration-eligible players, including 2006 NL
batting champion Freddy Sanchez.

Sanchez, first baseman Adam LaRoche, left-handed reliever John
Grabow and outfielder Xavier Nady are entering their second seasons
of arbitration eligibility. This is the first season for third
baseman Jose Bautista.

Their 2007 salaries were: LaRoche, $3.2 million; Sanchez, $2.75
million; Nady, $2.15 million; Grabow, $832,000 and Bautista,
$397,500.

The Pirates shed three of their seven highest-paid players from
last season in right-handers Shawn Chacon ($3.825 million) and Tony
Armas ($3 million) and right-handed reliever Salomon Torres ($2.8
million).

However, they added right-hander Matt Morris, who will make $9.5
million in 2008. He will be the club's highest-paid player unless
he is dealt before opening day.