Huntington ‘optimistic’ about Vazquez


LAS VEGAS — General manager Neal Huntington confirmed the Pirates’ interest in free-agent infielder Ramon Vazquez.

“We’re working through some things with Ramon,” Huntington said. “We’re optimistic.”

The Pirates have offered a two-year, $4 million contract to Vazquez, who has spent eight seasons in the majors as a utilityman with five teams. There are indications the deal might come together quickly, sometime in the next 24 hours.

Vazquez’s agent, Melvin Roman, did not immediately return a phone call from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Last season, Vazquez batted .290 and played in 105 games for the Texas Rangers.