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Pregame: Contract extensions

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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)

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Comments

  1. Link Mendoza says:

    Are the Pirates going to try and get Bell a couple of games at State College or the GCL before the end of the season?

  2. Chuck H. says:

    It would be a terrible thing to lose Andrew McCutchen. You should make every effort to make sure he stays a Pirate for a long time. No rookie has come up through the ranks like Andrew has, a star almost immediately, and a player that any major league team would certainly take off the Pirates’ hands in a minute. He has the potential to be the second coming of Roberto Clemente in a few years. Don’t let money stand in the way of signing Andrew.

  3. Tom says:

    Both sides need to be reasonable Andrew may already be tired
    of managements handling of things not to mention losing.
    FO waited to long to get help this year and when they did it was
    Too late . Cutch has watched this and has to be saying when am I
    A free agent

  4. joel says:

    I look for Tabata to be traded down the road. As a corner OFer you have to hit for power and Tabata has not at this point in time done that but that could change. Presley is the future lead off man. That means that Cutch [he does] and the other OFer has to supply the power. The future RFer is at AA and will advance to AAA next year. Marte?? He is a better defensive OFer that Cutch and may take over CF.

  5. Chuck H. says:

    On second thought, if Andrew McCutchen is greedy and wants more money than the Pirates are willing to pay him, then trade him to the Yankees (the best team money can buy). If he thinks he is that good, then why are the Bucs still struggling? In order for the Pirates to be a winning team, the owners need to buy some proven major league hitters, who hits with men on base, not automatic outs, like with so many Pirate batters. We need to get rid of Correia and Mahollm and get pitchers who can get people out.
    That’s my answer and I’m sticking with it.

  6. Tony in NH says:

    Is McCutchen trying to prove his worth and pressing because of these negotiations? Is that why he’s struggling now? I don’t know, but I’m not a fan of talking contracts with players during the season.

 
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