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First Pitch: How Long Will Pedro Alvarez Be a Pittsburgh Pirate?

First Pitch: How Long Will Pedro Alvarez Be a Pittsburgh Pirate?

Pedro Alvarez is a free agent after the 2016 season. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Today I recapped the third base position, which was mostly a recap of how Pedro Alvarez did in 2013 and how there are no internal options to eventually replace Alvarez at third base. Later in the evening, Alvarez won his first Silver Slugger award after leading all NL third basemen with 36 home runs.

In the last two years, Alvarez has taken some huge strides with his game. The 2011 season was a disaster, with Alvarez posting a .561 OPS and going down to Triple-A multiple times to work on his hitting. That raised a lot of questions heading into the 2012 season about whether Alvarez should even be on the Opening Day roster. He responded in 2012 by hitting 30 home runs and posting a .784 OPS. In 2013 he hit 36 homers, with a .770 OPS. More importantly, he improved his defense, holding off the questions about when he might eventually move to first base.

The Pirates should keep Alvarez at third base fo...

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