The Pittsburgh Pirates have avoided arbitration with third baseman Pedro Alvarez, signing him to a $4.25 M deal according to Joel Sherman. Alvarez was projected to make $4 M this upcoming season. They have now signed four of the six players that were arbitration eligible, agreeing with Mark Melancon and Gaby Sanchez earlier today and Travis Snider yesterday. Only Neil Walker and Vin Mazzaro remain. The deadline to exchange figures was at 1 PM today, so we should hear about the others shortly.
Alvarez had a .233/.296/.473 slash line in 2013, driving in 100 runs and leading the National League with 36 home runs. He was elected to his first All-Star game and also won his first Silver Slugger award.