The Pirates attempted to discuss a long-term contract with outfielder Gregory Polanco prior to his major league debut last year and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the two sides have reopened extension talks.
Polanco was previously offered a seven-year contract with three club options, a deal which would have maxed out north of $50 million. It’s hard to pass up on guaranteed money, but you can understand why he turned it down, as the deal would have been extremely club-friendly and he stands to make much more in the long-term if he fulfills his promise. New numbers are being discussed this time around, but it’s unclear if there will be a resolution by Opening Day.
Polanco remains under team control through 2020, so there’s not a huge sense of urgency to get this done right away. But the Pirates have been aggressive in locking up their talented outfielders. Andrew McCutchen is signed through 2017 with a club option for 2018 while Starling Marte is signed through 2019 with club options for 2020 and 2021.
Polanco, 23, batted .235/.307/.343 with seven home runs, 33 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in 89 games as a rookie last season.