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Pirates Offered Gregory Polanco a Seven Year Contract

Pirates Offered Gregory Polanco a Seven Year Contract

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have offered Gregory Polanco a ten year contract, and that the outfielder rejected the deal. The reported deal would have been seven years with a guarantee of a little less than $25 M, along with three option years. The seven years would buy out Polanco's years of control, while the three option years would take care of his first three years of free agency.

This sounds similar to the situation that the Houston Astros were in with George Springer, when they offered him a long-term deal during Spring Training, then sent him down when he rejected. The reason Polanco is currently down is due to Super Two status. Passan indicates that he probably would be in the majors right now if he accepted the extension, and I think that's correct. This is not a good situation for the Pirates to be in, as Polanco could take the same route as Springer, and threaten legal action. I don't believe Springer ever seriously pursued that, and th...

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