Pirates cut Vazquez, set roster for opening day

Pearce optioned; Carrasco, Taschner, Raynor, Penn added to 25-man

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The Pirates this afternoon completed their 25-man roster by designating for assignment infielder Ramon Vazquez and optioning Steve Pearce to Class AAA Indianapolis.

Relievers D.J. Carrasco and Jack Taschner had their contracts purchased from Indianapolis.

Outfielder John Raynor, the Rule 5 draft pick, made the team, as did recently acquired reliever Hayden Penn.

Vazquez is owed $2 million. The Pirates have 10 days to trade, release or waive him, and a release seems a certainty. If that occurs, the Pirates are responsible for his full amount minus whatever another major-league team might pay him this year. Any team acquiring Vazquez would be responsible for no more than the major-league minimum salary of $400,000. Thus, if Vazquez were to play for someone else right away and stay on that team's roster all year, the Pirates would be responsible for $1.6 million.

The roster for opening day tomorrow against the Los Angeles Dodgers:

Starters: Zach Duke, Ross Ohlendorf, Paul Maholm, Charlie Morton, Daniel McCutchen.

Relievers: Octavio Dotel, Brendan Donnelly, Evan Meek, Javier Lopez, Carrasco, Taschner, Penn.

Catchers: Ryan Doumit, Jason Jaramillo.

Infielders: Jeff Clement, Aki Iwamura, Ronny Cedeno, Andy LaRoche, Bobby Crosby, Delwyn Young.

Outfielders: Lastings Milledge, Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones, Ryan Church, Raynor.

Dejan Kovacevic: dkovacevic@post-gazette.com . Find more at PBC Blog .


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