Polanco turned down multiyear deal worth $75 million with Pirates
Before Gregory Polanco was called up to the major leagues, the Pirates offered their prized right fielder a contract that would have kept him in Pittsburgh through 2024.
Polanco turned down that offer, industry sources told the Tribune-Review, but the two sides remain interested in working out a long-term deal.
“I'm still open to it,” Polanco said Sunday. “We're still talking.”
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington and agent Rick Thurman, who represents Polanco, declined to comment.
Sources confirmed that the Pirates offered an eight-year contract that included three options. The total value was said to be around $75 million, with a significant portion of that coming in the option years.
The guaranteed portion of the deal would have bought out all of Polanco's arbitration eligibility and his first two years of free agency.
The six-year, $51.5 million contract center fielder Andrew McCutchen signed in March 2012 has one club option. It bought out McCutchen's first two years of free agency.
In March, left fielder Starling Marte agreed to a six-year, $31 million extension. The deal, which buys out Marte's first year of free agency, also has two club options.
It previously was reported that during spring training, Polanco passed on a seven-year contract offer that was worth slightly less than $25 million.
Polanco, 22, made his big league debut June 10. It's likely that his call-up was late enough into the season that Polanco won't qualify for Super 2 status, which would have given him an extra year of arbitration eligibility.
Even with just three years of arbitration, Polanco could be on track for a sizeable payday in the near future.
Through his first 19 games with the Pirates, he is batting .288 with two home runs, four stolen bases and a .749 on-base plus slugging percentage.
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