The Pirates will talk with Freddy Sanchez and Jack Wilson about possible contract extensions — but not for long. “This is something that needs to be resolved quickly, one way or the other,” general manager Neal Huntington said this afternoon. “If there isn’t common ground, I think we’ll know pretty quickly. We can’t let it linger and inhibit the trade process.”
Huntington said the front office decided to begin talks — four months after Wilson offered to renegotiate his deal at a lower rate — to “make an effort” toward keeping either or both players. “If we do trade one or both, we want to make sure there wasn’t, ‘We never gave it an effort,’ ” Huntington said. “We wanted to give it a shot, we wanted to see if there’s common ground.”
And what about folks who may say this is just a public relations move to placate the fans and that the team isn’t serious about re-signing Sanchez and/or Wilson?
“You can be skeptical about everything in this world,” Huntington said. “The reality is, we’ve made an effort to try to keep both and we’ll have to see how it plays out.”
— Lineups for tonight’s game:
GIANTS — 1. Aaron Rowand cf, 2. Randy Winn rf, 3. Pablo Sandoval 3b, 4. Bengie Molina c, 5. Edgar Renteria ss, 6. Juan Uribe 2b, 7. Rich Aurilia 1b, 8. Andres Torres lf, 9. Tim Lincecum (10-2, 2.33) rhp
PIRATES — 1.Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Freddy Sanchez 2b, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Ryan Doumit c, 5. Adam LaRoche 1b, 6. Brandon Moss lf, 7. Andy LaRoche 3b, 8. Jack Wilson ss, 9. Paul Maholm (6-4, 4.60) lhp