Two Pirates in first wave of free agents
Bucs would like to retain Mientkiewicz, could bring Gomez back
Infielders Doug Mientkiewicz and Chris Gomez became the first two Pirates free agents when they filed Thursday on the first day of the filing period.A former Gold Glove first baseman, Mientkiewicz made the Pirates out of Spring Training as a non-roster player and emerged as a versatile bench player who played multiple positions. The 34-year-old batted .277 with two home runs and 30 RBIs in 125 games while playing first base, third base and right field. As a pinch-hitter, Mientkiewicz batted .326 (14-for-43). He made $750,000 this past season. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said last week that he would like to try to re-sign Mientkiewicz. In 90 games, Gomez batted .273 with one homer and 20 RBIs. He made appearances at first base, second base, third base and shortstop. Pittsburgh could be open to bringing back Gomez next season. Players have 15 days from the end of the World Series, which concluded Wednesday, to file for free agency. Teams have exclusive negotiating rights with their own players and can re-sign them during that period.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.