Both Freddy Sanchez and Jack Wilson have rejected the Pittsburgh Pirates contract offers, this according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Sanchez's offer consisted of a two-year deal worth about $10 million and would have voided his $8 million option for 2010, which will be guaranteed once he makes 600 plate appearances this season. Wilson's offer was also for two years and worth $8 million. It would take the place of his $8.4 million club option for next season, an option that the Pirates have already confirmed will not be picked up.
Pirates GM Neal Huntington has said that he is still open to negotiating with both players. However, Huntington does believe that his initial offer to both Sanchez and Wilson was more than fair, citing the fact that only four of the 107 free agent players last season signed deals longer than two years.
Earlier in the week it was reported that if the Pirates were unable to agree to an extension with either player they would most likely reopen negotiations for a trade. It appears the Pirates best option may be to deal the unhappy middle infielders and hope they can get something in return.