March 2009 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Pirates' Wilson Wants To Renegotiate Contract
Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson has approached the team about renegotiating the option year on his contract. Before the 2006 season, Wilson signed a four-year, $24.4 million deal, and a team option for 2010 is worth $8.4 million. He is willing to take a lower salary to stay in Pittsburgh. "What we have going here ... this is probably the best team I've been around," said Wilson. "There's a future here."
Jose Tabata's 43-Year-Old Wife Implicated In Abduction
A woman suspected of abducting a 2-month-old girl Monday near Tampa, Fla., is the wife of Pirates Minor League outfielder Jose Tabata. Tabata was traded by the Yankees in the Xavier Nady deal last summer and is one of the Pirates' top prospects. Amalia Tabata Pereira, 43, allegedly abducted the infant Monday afternoon and turned the child, who was safe, in to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. "I was shocked to be told today that my wife has been arrested for kidnapping," Tabata, 20, said in a statement. "I am hurt, frustrated and confused by her actions. I have and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement officials in any way that I can. Until I have all of the facts, I cannot comment any further."
Pirates Send Gorzelanny To Minors
The Pirates have sent Tom Gorzelanny, who was one of the team's top starters in 2008, to the minors. Pittsburgh was unhappy with Gorzelanny's lack of progress after he went 6-9 with a 6.66 ERA, the highest among major league pitchers with 20 or more starts last season.
Pirates Send No. 2 Pick Alvarez To Class A
The Pirates assigned Pedro Alvarez, the second overall pick, to high-Class A Lynchburg on Monday. He was among eight players cut from the Major League roster at spring training. "He believes he's going to hurry right through the system," said 2004 first-rounder Neil Walker. Alvarez batted .444 with five RBIs this spring. "This was the first step of a very long journey, and, hopefully, a very successful one. I still have a lot to learn, a lot of adjustments to make to play with these guys," he said.
Numerous Teams Interested In Pedro?
Pedro Martinez has looked impressive this spring, and has garnered more attention from teams than expected heading into the final weeks of Spring Training. The Dodgers, Mets, Pirates and Indians have shown interest in Martinez this offseason, and agent Fern Cruz claims that more clubs are showing interest now. In the World Baseball Classic, Martinez has allowed one hit while fanning six in six innings.
Beimel Close To Choosing Offer
Free-agent reliever Joe Beimel, who is believed to have offers from the A's, Rockies, Dodgers and Rockies, is reportedly close to choosing a team. Beimel is believed to be the best relief pitcher available on the free-agent market. He went 5-1 with a 2.02 ERA in 71 appearances with the Dodgers in 2008.