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Jack & Freddy, Freddy & Jack
July 20, 2009 - John Mehno
I don't know, but the idea of Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez negotiating as a team seems a bit strange.
Yes, they're friends and they're the double play combination, but their circumstances are different. Sanchez has a 2010 option that kicks in automatically if he reaches a very-makeable number of plate appearances. The Pirates hold a 2010 option on Wilson that they surely won't exercise.
GM Neal Huntington is predicting a soft market for free agents, based on the economy and the fact that a lot of teams have reduced revenue. Someone will break the bank for a genuine star or two, but lesser players aren't going to get as much. This much is certain: No one -- including the Pirates -- will pay Jack Wilson $8 million, which is the amount of the option the Pirates hold on him.
By the way, it makes no sense to say the Pirates "have" to sign them because they don't have suitable replacements in the system. There are a lot of players out there in all price ranges. Replacing Sanchez and Wilson might be challenging, but it's far from impossible.