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Pirates, Gregory Polanco are far apart in contract talks

Jun 28, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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The Pirates tried to do to Gregory Polanco what the Astros did to Jonathan Singleton: get him to sign a team-friendly long term deal before being called up to the bigs. And, perhaps, as a condition of being called up to the bigs. Polanco didn’t bite, the Pirates called him up anyway and Polanco has thus far prospered in the majors.

All of which means that doing a long-term deal is a lot harder now than it even was a few short weeks ago. Jon Heyman reports:

Pirates outfield wunderkind Gregory Polanco and the team are thought to be at a stalemate in negotiations after offers and counteroffers — including one by the Pirates that could have kept him in Pittsburgh for 10 more years on top of this one, through 2024 – have failed to bridge a significant gap, sources told CBSSports.com.

Heyman has a ton of information about the size and nature of the proposals the Pirates are said to have made. And, to be honest: they seem like bad deals for Polanco to take. They would have him locked up through age 33 in some instances, which is past the time he could reasonably cash-in with a big deal due to some leverage on his part. Indeed, every day he stays productive in the majors increases that leverage. Signing a far-below-$100M deal for more than ten years — however tempting it may be — would represent a significant discount over what he’d be worth if he even fulfills a portion of his promise.

It’s be hard to turn down guaranteed money when you’re still three years from even your first arbitration paycheck, but if Polanco keeps hitting, there are much, much larger sums of money waiting for him in the not-too-distant future.

  1. mangoman1966 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Got to prove yourself long term before younger the really big money although he looks damn good so far. Pirates will have the best outfield in baseball by next season if not sooner. Eventually the pirates will have to pay. Then we will see if management is serious bout fielding a contender. Time will tell.

  2. musketmaniac - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    best outfield now. cutch made a nice catch last night. three centerfielders patrolling one of the biggest outfields in baseball

    • nikedunks13 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      defensively? probably. Offensively? Not Yet

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