Oct 6, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Marlon Byrd hits a two-run single against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning in game three of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates pushing hard to re-sign Marlon Byrd and Clint Barmes

The Pittsburgh Pirates are finally going into the Winter Meetings as a team who was apart of the playoffs for the first time in over 20 years.

You know they’re going to have a lot of confidence in signing some more talent after showing everybody what type of team they will be in 2014. Right now this team is interested or “pushing hard” according to MLBlogs.com, to re-signing both Marlon ‘The Word’ Byrd and shortstop Clint Barmes.

Marlon, who was brought over from the New York Mets, helped the Pittsburgh Pirates finish the season strong as he hit three home runs with 17 RBI’s under his belt through the final 30 games of the season.

Byrd even launched a lead off home run in the second inning of the Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Reds. That was his only home run of the playoffs, but it helped open up the scoring as the Pirates went on to play the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS.

Long time Colorado Rockies shortstop Clint Barmes was brought on board back in 2012 after spending one season with the Houston Astros in 2011. Barmes picked up three hits in the post-season for the Pirates but wasn’t able to drive in any runs.

The 34 year old veteran will more than likely sign the last contract of his career and right now Pittsburgh’s hoping it’s with them.

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