TAMPA In a bid to remain in Pittsburgh, Jack Wilson has approached the Pirates about renegotiating the option year on his contract.
Early this morning, Wilson confirmed that he asked his agent to open talks with the Pirates about his contract.
Before the 2006 season, Wilson signed a four-year, $24.4 million deal.
The team option for 2010 is worth $8.4 million or a $500,000 buyout. Wilson said he would be willing to accept a lower salary in order to remain with the Pirates.
“What we have going here … this is probably the best team I’ve been around,” said Wilson, who will make $7.25 million this season. “There’s a future here.”
Before spring training began, management indicated to Wilson it is not willing to pick up his option. The Pirates tried to trade Wilson the past two years at the deadline, and shopped him again this past offseason.
Wilson was scratched from the lineup for today’s game against the Yankees. His knee still is swollen after he fouled a ball off it Friday during a minor league game.
• Left-hander Kyle Bloom, a Rule 5 pick, was returned to the Pirates from the Tigers. Bloom pitched just 5 1/3 innings this spring for Detroit, allowed six hits and posted an 8.44 ERA.
• Lineups for today’s game which, despite overcast skies, is set to begin on time:
Pirates 1. Nyjer Morgan lf, 2. Freddy Sanchez 2b, 3. Nate McLouth cf, 4. Ryan Doumit c, 5. Adam LaRoche 1b, 6. Eric Hinske dh, 7. Brandon Moss rf, 8. Andy LaRoche 3b, Brian Bixler ss. Zach Duke will pitch.
Yankees 1. Derek Jeter ss, 2. Johnny Damon lf, 3. Nick Swisher 1b, 4. Hideki Matsui dh, 5. Jorge Posada c. 6. Robinson Cano 2b, 7. Xavier Nady rf, 8. Ramiro Pena 3b, 9. Brett Gardner cf. A.J. Burnett will pitch.