The deadline for decisions on player options is due by tonight at 11:59 PM EST. The Pittsburgh Pirates have four players with club options, and so far they have yet to make an official decision on any player, although we've heard strong indications on what they plan to do. It seems unlikely that the club will pick up the options for catchers Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder, or left handed pitcher Paul Maholm. Ronny Cedeno, on the other hand, could see his option picked up.
Doumit and Snyder are both in similar situations. Their option prices are probably far too much for their injury history and their struggles on defense over the last few years. Doumit's option, if picked up, would guarantee him two years and $15.5 M. The buyout is $500 K. Snyder's option only covers one year, and is for $6.75 M, with a $750 K buyout. That's not totally unreasonable, although with Snyder missing the second half of the season with back issues, it might come as a big risk.
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