The Pittsburgh Pirates and 22-year-old outfielder Gregory Polanco appear to still be discussing a long-term extension, according to ESPNDeportes.com's Enrigue Rojas. However, sources tell CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman that talks are currently thought to be at a stalemate, with our own Chris Cotillo categorizing a deal as "nowhere near close."
Before Polanco's recent call-up, the Pirates apparently made multiple offers of varying length per Heyman, including a ten-year extension that would have kept the phenom in Pittsburgh through 2024 for roughly $75 million, though a majority of that money would have come from a trio of non-guaranteed club options. Polanco's camp submitted multiple counteroffers to no avail.
Polanco and the Pirates also discussed a long-term deal prior to the season that would have mirrored the controversial extension signed by Astros first baseman Jonathan Singleton before he was called up earlier this month, which was a clear attempt by Houston to circumvent the call-up hesitations surrounding the Super Two deadline. The original deal discussed between Polanco and the Pirates guaranteed him slightly less than $25 million over seven years, so it is safe to say that the two sides have made significant progress, despite the recent setback.
Polanco was regarded as one of the top prospects in baseball prior to his call up, and has yet to disappoint. Through his first 19 games, Polanco is hitting .288/.374/.375 with a 119 wRC+, .340 wOBA, and 0.4 WAR.