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.
Hard-throwing right-hander Brian Wilson and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a $4,437,500, one-year deal, avoiding an arbitration hearing. … Veteran utilityman Frank Catalanotto has signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets that includes an invitation to spring training.