Pirates, Snider avoid arbitration

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The Pirates and Travis Snider avoided arbitration Thursday night when they agreed to terms on a $1.2 million contract for 2014, according to a source.

Snider, 25, was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He hit .215 with a .281 on-base percentage in 285 plate appearances in 2013. He missed more than a month because of an injury to his toe that eventually required offseason surgery.

Come spring training, Snider will compete for playing time in right field with Jose Tabata, Andrew Lambo and Jaff Decker.

The Pirates have five remaining arbitration-eligible players: Gaby Sanchez, Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, Mark Melancon and Vin Mazzaro. The Pirates now have $54.95 million in 2014 salary commitments.


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