Pirates offer multiyear contract to Sanchez
Friday, January 25, 2008
By Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pirates offered second baseman Freddy Sanchez a multiyear contract, team president Frank Coonelly said tonight, in an attempt to avoid going to arbitration.
The sides had preliminary discussions about a multiyear contract, but none in several weeks and none serious. It remains to be seen how far this offer, which was made early tonight and could be for two years plus an option, advances the dialogue and if it heads off the parties' scheduled arbitration hearing Feb. 11.
Coonelly said the Pirates would welcome the possibility of keeping Sanchez for the long term.
"We hope he takes it," Coonelly said of the multiyear offer.
Paul Cobbe, Sanchez's agent, declined to divulge specifics.
"We continue to actively discuss a contract for Freddy Sanchez," he said tonight.
Sanchez's arbitration filing was for a $4.9 million salary for 2008, and the team's was for $4.1 million.