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Vazquez on the way?

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LAS VEGAS — ESPN.com is reporting this morning the Pirates are “on the verge” of signing free-agent infielder Ramon Vazquez. Reportedly, it would be a two-year, $4 million deal.

Vazquez, 32, played the last two seasons for the Texas Rangers. He also has been with Seattle, San Diego, Boston and Cleveland.

Last season, Vazquez set career highs in batting average (.290), on-base percentage (.365) and slugging percentage (.430). He also made 13 errors, one shy of his career high, in 105 games.

Vazquez can play all four infield spots, but has been used most often at shortstop and third base.

– The Kansas City Royals may have emerged as a surprise player in the Jack Wilson sweepstakes.

– The Pirates have not yet commented either way on the report.

The Rule 5 draft will begin in about 20 minutes. The Pirates likely will make a pick at the major league portion, but also could lose a player in the process. More in a bit …

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