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Pirates rumors: Pittsburgh has had extension talks with Jordy Mercer

A deal does not seem imminent, though.

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The Pirates have had extension discussions with shortstop Jordy Mercer, though a deal does not seem imminent, according to Rob Biertempfel of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Mercer, 30, is not eligible for free agency until 2019 and is coming off of a career year with Pittsburgh. Over 149 games last season, he hit .256/.328/.374 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs. Mercer also set new career marks in walks and hits.

Mercer made more than $2 million last season and is likely set for a significant raise during his second stint through arbitration. An extension might ideal for the Pirates, who extended three starters last offseason.

Despite his offensive contributions, Mercer stole just one base and is not known as a plus infielder defensively. Because Mercer is under club control through 2018, the Pirates might not be in a rush to extend their shortstop. A new deal for Mercer could give the club additional payroll flexibility, though.