Pirates, Mercer have preliminary talks about contract extension
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.