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Deadline day: 4 of 6 get contracts

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The Pirates today came to terms with four players on one-year contracts.

However, left-hander Paul Maholm and outfielder Nate McLouth remain unsigned and could be headed to arbitration.

This morning, the team signed first baseman Adam LaRoche to a deal worth $7.05 million with up to $100,000 in incentives.

Pitchers Zach Duke ($2.2 million plus $100,000 incentives), John Grabow ($2.3 million plus $75,000 incentives) and Tyler Yates ($1.3 million plus $25,000 incentives) also agreed to contracts.

This offseason, the Pirates discussed multi-year deals with Maholm and McLouth, but failed to reach agreements.

Although there remains a slight chance the Pirates could work out something long-term with Maholm, talks with McLouth’s camp have ground to a halt.

This afternoon, the agents for Maholm and McLouth exchanged salary figures with the Pirates. Those numbers will be used if their cases go to arbitration hearings.

Even after hearings are scheduled, the two sides may continue to negotiate.

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