Contract talks stall, perhaps for good


Contract negotiations between the Pirates and infielders Freddy Sanchez and Jack Wilson are at a standstill — and might be over.

The Pirates made Sanchez an offer of $10 million for 2010-11, provided he give up his $8.5 million option for next season. Wilson was offered a two-year, $8 million deal with a club option for 2012.

A firm “No” was the only response from both players.

“We’ve not received a counteroffer, so in our minds, they’re not interested in even the foundation that we’ve laid,” general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday. “Typically in a negotiation, you get a counteroffer. That’s how conversations continue.”

Neither Pade Odle, Wilson’s agent, nor Paul Cobbe, Sanchez’s agent, returned phone calls and text messages from the Tribune-Review.

Huntington said the “foundations” of the two offers — the years and dollar amounts — are non-negotiable.