Of their seven free agents, the Pirates are eager to re-sign three: Right-hander A.J. Burnett, outfielder Marlon Byrd and shortstop Clint Barmes writes MLB reporter Tom Singer.
GM Neal Huntington is pushing hard to sign both Byrd and Barmes, Singer reports, and they hope to have both deals completed withing their five-day exclusive negotiating window.
Burnett, he says, is pretty much on the record that he will either pitch for the Pirates or retire, so they’ll negotiate with him after they take care of business with Byrd and Barmes.
Mike Francesa of WFAN announced he had knowledge that the Mets would be going hard after Byrd as long as he wouldn’t cost too much. But obviously, that won’t ever happen if the Bucs sign him before he hits the open market.
Byrd was one of the most productive players on the Mets and Pirates batting .291/.336/.531 this season with a career-high 24 home runs, 35 doubles, 79 runs scored and and 88 RBI, all for the bargain price of $1 million dollars.