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Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 10:06 p.m.
 

The Pirates and outfielder Travis Snider on Thursday avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.2 million contract for 2014, sources confirmed to the Tribune-Review.

Snider, 25, was in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He made $505,000 last season.

The Pirates have five remaining unsigned players: third baseman Pedro Alvarez, second baseman Neil Walker, first baseman Gaby Sanchez and relievers Mark Melancon and Vin Mazzaro.

On Friday, in the next step in the arbitration process, major league clubs will exchange salary figures with unsigned players.

Snider is recovering from offseason foot surgery. He played in 111 games last season and batted .215 with five home runs and a .615 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. He is expected to split time in right field with Jose Tabata.

The Pirates entered this offseason with nine arbitration-eligible players. Garrett Jones and Michael McKenry were released and signed with other teams. In December, Charlie Morton agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract extension.

Rob Biertempfel is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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