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UPDATE: Nutting declined two bids on Pirates

Jan 30, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

Update: According to the Associated Press, Nutting declined to listen to separate proposals to buy the team last season, including one by Lemieux. Minor league team owner Chuck Greenberg also submitted a proposal, but later joined Nolan Ryan in a successful bid to buy the Rangers.

11:06 am: Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Mario Lemieux and Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle recently made an unsolicited offer to Pirates owner Bob Nutting, but did not hear a response. The offer was reportedly “very serious,” but Nutting downplayed the possibility when asked by Kovacevic:

“Honestly, I’m not sure there’s a situation to describe,” Mr. Nutting
said last night when asked about the meeting. “I like Ron. He’s an
extremely competent businessman and deal-maker, and we’ve talked about
a wide range of topics. But I think the simplest way to say this is
that there never has been a substantive or formal offer for the team.
The team is not for sale.”

There will likely be two schools of thought on this:

1) Hopes that Lemieux — a Pittsburgh hero — and Burkle could bring the same sort of success they brought to the Penguins after the lockout.

2) That Nutting and co. deserve more time to implement their plan for the franchise.

It may lead somewhere. Or, as Nutting suggests, it’s not even a consideration. It’s an interesting thought at the very least.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    “Thanks, but I already have a penguin.”
    …Woody Allen

  2. Old Gator - Jan 30, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Or maybe it was “No thanks, but…etc.”
    My daughter seems to have taken my copy of Without Feathers to college with her so I can’t verify this, hence the lack of MLA format.
    But even so, I have this wonderful image of the Pirates waddling around on the field in their new “tuxedo” style uniforms. I don’t know that their record would be any the worse for it. Wouldn’t it kinda preclude the need for something as boring and atavistic as the DH if baserunners could high-stick the shortstop as he was pivoting for a DP?

  3. gentle - Jan 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    this is definitely a “shame on you for being bad for so long!” PR move, but i applaud it. nutting has reiterated numerous times that the team is not for sale, much to the dismay of bucco fans everywhere (all dozen or so of us who are left).

  4. DSFC - Jan 31, 2010 at 1:40 AM

    Unless MLB rigs the draft for the Pirates for a few years the way they did for the Penguins, I don’t think much is going to happen.

  5. Old Gator - Jan 31, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Why would they have to “rig” anything? If the Pirates keep losing 90 games or so a year, they’ll be beautifully positioned in the draft no matter what anyone else does or doesn’t do for them, and guaranteed a steady stream of EYPs to keep switching out their arbitration eligible veterans until heat death claims the universe. Like the classic maritime ditty that the immortal Sailorman Jack used to sing in the New York City subway stations says:
    Frigging in the rigging
    Frigging in the rigging
    Frigging in the rigging
    There’s nothing else to do.

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