Pirates Pay Freddy

The Pittsburgh Pirates and second baseman Freddy Sanchez have come to an agreement on a two-year, $11 million deal with a club option for 2011 that could bring the total to $18.4 million.

The two-time All Star hit for a .304 average with 11 longballs and 81 RBIs over 147 games last season before undergoing shoulder surgery during the final week.

Sanchez, 30, hit .344 in 2006 as a third baseman, earning the NL batting title for the highest batting average for a Bucs regular since Roberto Clemente hit .345 in 1969. He is also the first Pirates infielder to hit .300 in back-to-back seasons since third baseman Bill Madlock did so in 1982-83.

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