Justin Morneau told the Tribune-Review on Thursday the Pirates are unlikely to extend an offer to the free agent first baseman during the exclusive negotiating period, which ends Monday when free agents can begin signing with other teams.

Teams could begin negotiating with their own free agents after the conclusion of the World Series.

The Pirates acquired the former American League MVP in an Aug. 31 trade with the Minnesota Twins. The Pirates were hoping Morneau could repeat his August performance – nine home runs and 21 RBIs — in September. Morneau hit .260 with no home runs and three RBIs as a Pirate.

“They have said they don't expect to do anything before the window is closed but are still interested,” Morneau wrote in an email. “My options are wide open. I just have to figure out what the best opportunity is for myself and my family and also the opportunity to win. I enjoyed my time in Pittsburgh and enjoyed my teammates and atmosphere there.”

To improve their run production, the Pirates could address first base in free agency. The Pirates ranked 25th in baseball in home runs both produced by first baseman in 2013 (17)and RBIs (71).