PITTSBURGH (AP) -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.
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