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Pirates Eager to Sign A. J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Clint Barmes

Pirates Eager to Sign A. J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Clint Barmes

The Pirates are eager to bring A.J. Burnett back, and could make him a qualifying offer. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Tom Singer has some free agent updates for the Pirates, highlighted by the Pirates being eager to sign three of their seven free agents: A.J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Clint Barmes.

Singer notes that the Pirates will likely make Burnett a qualifying offer, but that they don't need to rush negotiations since he's deciding between the Pirates and retiring. He also says that Neal Huntington could push hard to re-sign Barmes and Byrd during the exclusive negotiating window, before they have a chance to negotiate with other teams.

Out of the four other free agents, a few make sense on minor league deals. Kyle Farnsworth pitched well out of the bullpen, and wouldn't be a ...

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