For now, the Pirates are on hook for all of Vazquez's $2 million salary. If another team picks Vazquez up during the season, that club would owe the infielder just the Major League minimum, which is $400,000 for a full season of service time. That amount paid by the new team would then be subtracted from the $2 million owed by Pittsburgh.
The Pirates left Vazquez off the Opening Day roster in order to open up a spot for Rule 5 pick John Raynor and reliever Hayden Penn. Vazquez, who signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the club prior to the '09 season, hit .230 in 204 at-bats with the Pirates last year.