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Draft pick Tanner Scheppers due in Pittsburgh

| Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008

Second-round draft pick Tanner Scheppers, who remains unsigned, will be in Pitttsburgh from Monday through Wednesday. Scheppers, a right-handed pitcher, will be examined by team doctors and work out at PNC Park. The deadline to sign draft picks is Aug. 15.

• Yesterday, president Frank Coonelly said management has not yet decided which current players, if any, will be offered multi-year contracts after this season. "The plan is that we will make every effort to retain players who we think are important for the future of this franchise for as long as we can," Coonelly said.

• Coonelly said it generally is not the Pirates' policy to negotiate contract extensions during the season.

• Nate McLouth and Paul Maholm said their agents have not yet been approached about contract offers. "I'm hoping to stay as long as they want me," Maholm said. "I'm not going to approach them about anything. You have to be wanted to sign an extension. If they want me, we'll come to an agreement." Both players will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason.

• Seven other players will be arbitration-eligible next year: Adam LaRoche, Ryan Doumit, Jose Bautista, Denny Bautista, Zach Duke, Tyler Yates and John Grabow. LaRoche and Grabow have one year of arbitration left. Bautista will be in his second of three years.

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$3.83 million -- Reduction in Pirates' 2008 payroll when Jason Bay, Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte were traded.

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