Pirates owner Bob Nutting declined to listen to separate proposals to buy the team last year, including a surprise bid from Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux, officials told The Associated Press.
The officials spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity. The Pirates confirmed discussions with Lemieux and Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle took place, but said there was no talk about selling.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reporte that Lemieux and Burkle made an unsolicited proposal for the Pirates four months ago – one that was substantial and serious, a source said.
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