The Pirates are finalizing a long-term contract with outfielder Jose Tabata and also are deep into talks with second baseman Neil Walker about a similar deal, several team and league sources confirmed to the Tribune-Review on Friday.
However, contract talks have stalled between the club and All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Both sides say they are willing to re-open negotiations, but there has been no movement for the past few weeks.
According to sources, Tabata, 23, has agreed to a six-year contract. The deal also has three team options that would carry through his early free-agent years. Financial terms are not yet available. More details in tomorrow’s Trib.
It’s interesting that news of the contract extensions broke on the same day second-round draft pick Josh Bell is in town to meet the media after signing with the Pirates. Bell got a $5 million bonus.
Lineups for today’s game:
Reds (60-64) – 1. Brandon Phillips 2b, 2. Fred Lewis lf, 3. Joey Votto 1b, 4. Jay Bruce rf, 5. Todd Frazier 3b, 6. Drew Stubbs cf, 7. Ryan Hanigan c, 8. Paul Janish ss, 9. Homer Bailey rhp (7-5, 4.43)
Pirates (58-64) – 1. Jose Tabata rf, 2. Garrett Jones 1b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Ryan Doumit c, 5. Neil Walker 2b, 6. Ryan Ludwick lf, 7. Brandon Wood 3b, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. 9. Kevin Correia rhp (12-11, 4.62)