Pirates End Talks With Jeff Shaw
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Pirates, looking for a closer as they come off a 100-loss season, have broken off contract talks with Jeff Shaw.
Shaw, who had 43 saves with Los Angeles last season, is looking to sign with a team close to his Ohio home. The Dodgers declined to exercise his $7.05 million option for 2002.
Shaw sought to re-sign with Cincinnati, which traded him to the Dodgers against his wishes in 1998. The 35-year-old Shaw offered to sign a one-year deal worth $1.5 million with $4.5 million deferred, but the Reds declined.
The Pirates then talked with Shaw’s agent, Joe Bick, about a one-year contract or a one-year contract with an option, but Bick told the Beaver County (Pa.) Times they could not work out terms.
Pittsburgh has only three pitchers on its 40-man roster with a major league save: right-handers Mike Fetters and Sean Lowe and left-hander Scott Sauerbeck. Fetters has filed a formal trade request, meaning the Pirates must deal him by March 15 or he can become a free agent.
If the Pirates don’t sign a closer, they may experiment with the recently acquired Lowe in that role, although they prefer to try him in their rotation.
Lowe was one of three pitchers the Pirates obtained from the Chicago White Sox for former 15-game winner Todd Ritchie.