According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates approached left fielder Starling Marte with a contract extension twice during the Winter and each time he turned them down. That doesn't mean that Marte won't sign an extension though, Biertempfel points out that he is still open to the idea of signing long-term.

Marte doesn't hit free agency until 2019 and he won't be eligible for arbitration until after the 2015 season, so there is no rush to get the deal done. The Pirates are probably looking for a team friendly deal in exchange for financial security for Marte, which might not be a bad idea on his part with all of the times he gets hit by pitches. Marte was second in the league with 24 HBP last season and he missed time during Winter ball after being hit.

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