Young Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes Turns Down Extension

It seems like the Pittsburgh Pirates are tearing down and building back up every couple years, leaving their fans livid whenevere they ship off a good player.

One thing the club can’t be blamed for, however, is when a player says ‘no’ to a contract extension or new deal all together, something that one of the Pirates youngsters did just this week.

The player is 24-year-old Ke’Bryan Hayes, who was brought to the Steel City in 2015. He was the team’s first-round pick in the MLB Draft.

In the shortened 60-game 2020 season, he turned heads by hitting .376 with five homers in 24 games for the Pirates.

The Pittsburgh-Post Gazette reports it’s not certain how close or far apart the two sides are to getting a new deal done.

“It is not known how much money or how many years the Pirates offered, although it is believed the two sides are not currently close to any sort of deal.”

The Pirates have expressed interest in keeping Hayes, who made his MLB debut last season, although the two sides remain fairly far apart on common ground and player valuation, the source said.

Hayes has gone right back to work in 2021. He has been the best offensive player for the Pirates in spring training so far, hitting .432 with a team-high eight RBIs and nine extra-base hits, which is tied for the MLB lead.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. Good for him. Don’t play ball with one of the 3 worst run organizations in sports. Everything they do is what’s best for Bob Nutting’s wallet. Chances are, this kid will be able to get way more money in a couple years than what the pirates are offering him now. They did the same thing with Cutch and he never got that massive pay day that he deserved.

    • Kevin is right. Based on the current CBA, Hayes will be 30 before becoming a UFA. It would make no sense to sign before a new agreement is reached unless it is a Tatis type deal and that is not happening with Nutting.

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