Contract Talks Between Pirates and Gregory Polanco Have Been Put on Hold

Jon Heyman is reporting that contract talks between the Pittsburgh Pirates and outfielder Gregory Polanco have broken down and the two sides won’t discuss a contract extension until the off-season. As Heyman mentioned, this is the second time the two sides have discussed a long-term deal, but apparently the Pirates came up with a bigger offer this time. The talks ended with the main difference between the two sides being the salaries during the option years on the deal. Also of note from Heyman, he mentions that the contract would have been the biggest one given to a player with less than a year of service time.

Last week when word of the extension talks came out, we posted about the potential market value of a deal for Polanco, comparing it to the deals that Starling Marte and Christian Yelich signed, while also pointing out that Polanco hasn’t had a breakout season yet.

  • Interesting to see how this plays out. I hope the pressure doesn’t get to him.

  • pilbobuggins
    April 6, 2015 11:27 pm

    Putting a hold on contract talks may not be a bad thing since polanco clearly has not shown an ability to hit mlb pitching yet. He certainly has the tools to do so and I think he will figure it out he just has not done so to this point.

  • Jason Flower
    April 6, 2015 10:26 pm

    speaking of AAA success, did anyone else notice the monster at bat Andrew Lambo had pinch hitting for Liriano on opening day? 12 pitch at bat. way to go Lambo.

    • 13 pitch I thought it was. Yes, I enjoyed every moment of it – reminded me of one of Marlon Byrd’s first at bat’s when he became a Pirate last year.

      What was most impressive was his ability to cover both sides of the plate – down and away, up and in, really didn’t seem to matter where the ball was thrown, he was able to get wood on the ball.

      Makes me wonder if he is using a lighter bat to improve hand speed.

  • RichardJarzynka
    April 6, 2015 10:04 pm

    He has had two very good months at AAA; nothing more. Let’s see him prove himself, at least a little, after his .650 OPS with the Pirates last year and looking lost in the outfield.