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Wilson, Sanchez Do Not Want To Jump Ship

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 13:  Jack Wilson #2 of the Pittsburgh Pirates gets ready infield during the Opening Day game against the Houston Astros at PNC Park on April 13, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Kenny LindbergContributor IJuly 21, 2009

Contrary to the beliefs of yesterday in which Pittsburgh Pirates middle infielders Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez were heading to be traded, both held their stance on wanting to remain with the Pirates.

The Pirates website talked with both players who reiterated that they wanted to remain with the club and still hope to sign extensions prior to July 31st.

Where things differed and led to great speculation about both players looking to be traded, was that Jack and Freddy were not aware that the offers were negotiable.

This could mean that the Pirates may not be taking a step back after all, as it is widely known that there are no major league ready players to fill in with Delwyn Young playing a strong all around game in the outfield.

Yet to be seen is what exactly Sanchez will be looking for in an extension from the club. Wilson on the other hand is basically playing the waiting game and seeing what happens to long-time best friend and double play mate Sanchez does.

In a perfect world, both would be brought back and for Sanchez's option, based on incentives, would be honored as well as a contract extension. But Neil Huntington is doing everything in his power to avoid paying his $8 million dollar option if he reaches 600 plate appearances on the season.

While Sanchez is open to possibly forfeiting that option and accept an extension, he is reportedly looking for three years. He would probably accept the initial offer if the option is also picked up. However if the Pirates were to maybe add more money and somewhat compensate the money due via the option he would also accept and be paid less money for the next year.

The Pirates are either going to be in a solid position for the next few years if both Wilson and Sanchez sign extensions, or they will put back possilby another two to three years if both players are lost.

It looks like an all or nothing deal.

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