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Pirates, Mercer have preliminary talks about contract extension

| Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, 7:51 p.m.
Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer flies out in a steady rain to end the fifth inning against the Cubs Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer flies out in a steady rain to end the fifth inning against the Cubs Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at PNC Park.

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates and shortstop Jordy Mercer had preliminary discussions about a contract extension, but no deal seems imminent, a source told the Tribune-Review.

According to the source there was “a little, but not a lot of talk” about a multi-year contract.

Mercer, 30, is in his second of three years of salary arbitration eligibility. He made $2.075 million last year.

He batted .256 with 11 home runs and a .701 OPS in 2016 and set career highs with 51 walks, 133 hits, three triples, 59 RBIs and 584 plate appearances.

Matt Swartz, an analyst with , projects Mercer could get $4 million this year via arbitration.

Mercer was a third-round pick in 2008 — a draft class that included Pedro Alvarez, Tanner Scheppers, Chase d'Arnaud, Justin Wilson and Robbie Grossman. Of that group, Mercer is the only player still with the Pirates.

Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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