Pirates sign Snell, beat Boston

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- Ian Snell today agreed to a multi-year contract that could keep him with the Pirates through the 2012 season.

The Pirates made the announcement moments after beating Boston, 6-3. A three-run double by Freddy Sanchez sparked a four-run seventh inning.

Snell's deal, which takes effect this year, is guaranteed at a total of $8 million for three years. He also receives a $600,000 signing bonus.

The 2011 and 2012 seasons are at the Pirates' option. Those years are worth at least a total of $16 million to Snell. There also are standard incentive clauses in those final two years.

"It's not about the money," Snell said. "I'd loved to stay here and build winning seasons. Hopefully, I'll be here longer than just this deal."



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