Shortstop options


INDIANAPOLIS — As they hunt for better options at shortstop, the Pirates are making a push during the winter meetings for free agent Bobby Crosby.

The Pirates are among at least a half-dozen teams to check about Crosby, the 2004 American League Rookie of the Year. Their interest apparently intensified within the past 24 hours, after Adam Everett re-signed with Detroit.

Crosby, 29, played in just 97 games last season due to injuries. Over seven seasons, he has a .238 batting average, .305 on-base percentage and a .973 fielding percentage at short .

Crosby made $5.25 million this past season, but likely could be had for less than that with a one-year contract for 2010.

General manager Neal Huntington wants competition under incumbent Ronny Cedeno.

Last offseason, Cedeno, 26, avoided arbitration by signing a $822,000 contract with Seattle. He is arbitration-eligible again this year.

Cedeno batted just .167 with five homers and 17 RBI in 59 games with the Mariners. After being traded to the Pirates, he hit .258 with five homers and 21 RBI in 46 games.

— If you have a question for Huntington, send it to me via e-mail. I’ll choose a couple each day and pose them to the GM during his afternoon confab with the media, then post the answers later in the day on this blog.