The Pirates are expected to tender Gaby Sanchez a contract prior to Friday's deadline.
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review deduced as much after the team scheduled Sanchez for the club's Winter Caravan. Sanchez is a first-time arbitration-eligible player, so his salary shouldn't be too out of hand. The 29-year-old batted just .202/.250/.306 for the Marlins in 2012 before being dealt to Pittsburgh, where he posted a much more respectable .241/.323/.397 batting line. He should continue to platoon at first base with Garrett Jones.