Pirates release Ramon Vazquez

The Pittsburgh Pirates unconditionally released infielder Ramon Vazquez, who was designated for assignment on Sunday in order to set the Opening Day roster.  Vazquez is now a free agent, able to sign with any team.  The Pirates are on the hook for the full $2 M salary that Vazquez was owed in 2010, although they would be relieved of up to $400 K if another team signs him this season.

On a related note, MLB Trade Rumors had a feature today giving each team one contract mulligan, and Vazquez was who they came up with for the Pirates.  I can’t argue with that, especially since every other bad contract the Pirates have had recently (Ian Snell, Jack Wilson/Freddy Sanchez options) has been successfully traded away.

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