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Pirates avoid arbitration with 6 players

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Pirates avoid arbitration with 6 players
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Pittsburgh Pirates' Pedro Alvarez rounds third after getting the Pirates' only hit of the game, a solo home run off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha in the eighth inning of Game 4 of a National League baseball division series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, in Pittsburgh. The Cardinals won 2-1, evening the best-of-five series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with all six players who had filed for arbitration, including third baseman Pedro Alvarez and second baseman Neil Walker.

The 26-year-old Alvarez will make $4.25 million in 2014. Alvarez is coming off an All-Star season in which he hit a career-high 36 home runs.

Walker will make $5.75 million. He hit .251 with 16 home runs and 53 RBIs in 2013 while missing 29 games due to injury.

Reliever Mark Melancon, who split time as a setup man and a closer last season, will make $2,595,000. Melancon went 3-2 with a 1.39 ERA and 16 saves in 72 appearances in 2013.

The Pirates also reached agreements with first baseman Gaby Sanchez ($2.3 million), outfielder Travis Snider ($1.2 million) and right-handed reliever Vin Mazzaro ($950,000).

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