Langosch says Michaels’ $2.6MM option will be declined, but he could re-sign for less to stay on as the team’s fourth outfielder. Michaels, 32, hit .224/.292/.360 in 321 plate appearances this year. There are better ways to spend a million bucks.
Mientkiewicz, 34, hit .277/.374/.379 in 334 plate appearances. He’s a fine defensive first baseman and even pitched in at third. He also provided spark to the Pirates’ clubhouse. Bringing him back makes sense at the right price.