LAS VEGAS — The Pirates continue trolling for a veteran infielder, and today begun discussions with former World Series MVP David Eckstein.
“It’s in the preliminary stages,” Eckstein’s agent, Ryan Gleichowski, said. “There’s mutual interest.”
Late last night, the Pirates lost out on Mark Loretta, who signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Pirates are seeking an experienced middle infielder in case they trade either Jack Wilson or Freddy Sanchez.
Last winter, Eckstein signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with Toronto. However, he failed to hold the starting shortstop job and was dealt to Arizona at the end of August.
At least four other teams, including the Balitmore Orioles and San Diego Padres, reportedly also are after Eckstein.