The Pirates are "pushing hard" to trade All-Star second baseman Freddy Sanchez, according to a National League executive this morning.
The San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies are two of the teams with which the Pirates have spoken, the source said, but there are as many as four or five more.
Sanchez, 31, again is the Pirates' leading hitter with a .313 average and last week was selected for his third All-Star Game in four years. That selection meant that he now needs to accumulate 600 plate appearances to trigger an $8 million option for 2010. He has 329 appearances.
Teams are not enthusiastic about Sanchez's salary, the source said, but they would be less likely to offer much if Sanchez were on the verge of free agency. Sanchez would be a free agent if the option is not exercised, either through his vesting option or by a club option.
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