Despite their best season in over two decades, the Pittsburgh Pirates are a small market team – something free agents seem to be overlooking.
A.J. Burnett, who spent last season with Pittsburgh and held the team hostage with his potential retirement limbo said he felt insulted by Pittsburgh’s offer – resulting in him signing with the Philadelphia Phillies.
With $2.3 million already committed to Sanchez on a one-year contract, the Pirates don’t want to spend something in the range of $10 million on first basemen. They want Morales at their price and will stay patient until his asking price is lowered.
It addition to a hefty salary, the Pirates will be forced to forfeit a draft pick to the Mariners who placed a qualifying offer on Morales when the offseason began.
There doesn’t appear to be much of a market for Morales given his price tag and attached draft pick compensation, so it appears the Pirates will attempt to wait things out.