Source: Bucs close to signing Crosby

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

It appears as if the Pirates might have found their competition for Ronny Cedeno.

A source with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed that the Pirates are close to coming to an agreement with free agent shortstop Bobby Crosby. Nothing, though, has been made official yet and likely won’t be on Tuesday.

The Pirates have a policy of not commenting about specific player negotiations or discussions, and, as a result, general manager Neal Huntington stayed away from confirming anything regarding Crosby, including that the two sides have even spoken.

“Staying consistent, I won’t talk about any rumor or any trade negotiation,” Huntington said in his brief session with reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

When asked more generally if the team was still eyeing potential shortstop additions, Huntington answered: “We are engaged in negotiations with multiple players and trying to find ways to make this organization better.”

Until now, Crosby has spent his entire career in Oakland, which selected him in the first round of the 2001 First-Year Players Draft. He was the American League’s Rookie-of-the-Year award winner in 2004 despite hitting only .239, and Crosby has had a higher batting average than that just once in the last five seasons.

He is coming off a season in which he appeared in only 97 games as he battled through some injuries. The infielder finished the year hitting .223 with six homers and 29 RBIs.

Last season was also Crosby’s final year in a five-year contract that paid a total of $12.75 million. He pocketed $5.25 million in 2009, but isn’t likely to approach that salary figure in any deal this winter.

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