ShareThis Page
Pirates

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 MLBtraderumors.com , 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 rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me