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Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 6:06 p.m.

The Miami Marlins and former Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones are close to an agreement on a contract.

“We are working on things with Miami,” Jones said in a text message to the Tribune-Review on Friday.

The Sun Sentinel reported the deal will be worth $7.5 million over two years.

The Pirates designated Jones for assignment last month. The Pirates' decision to part ways with Jones was tied to declining production — Jones hit .233 with 15 home runs last season while platooning with Gaby Sanchez — and increasing costs. Jones made $4.5 million last season and again is eligible for arbitration.

Said Pirates general manager Neal Huntington last month: “In Garrett's case, the arbitration process was likely to drive the dollars above where we were comfortable.”

The Pirates are in the market for a left-handed first baseman to pair with Sanchez.

Travis Sawchik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @Sawchik_Trib.

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