All posts tagged "Pedro Alvarez"

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Win 5-3, Wandy Rodriguez Suffers Hamstring Tightness

    The Pirates finally got a few runs to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-3. Andrew McCutchen and Travis Snider both drove in two runs to break Pittsburgh’s four-game losing skid Monday night. The good news of a victory was mitigated, though, by the third-inning exit of Pirates starter Wandy Rodriguez. The left-hander felt...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: When Should the Pirates Consider Pedro Alvarez a Platoon Player?

    When should the Pirates consider Alvarez a platoon player? Photo credit: David Hague Back in early February, when Brandon Inge was signed, I raised the question of whether Pedro Alvarez should be a platoon player. Not much has happened between that article and now, other than eight regular season at-bats against left-handers....

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Shut Down by Kershaw, Shut Out 1-0

    Carved. Sliced. Diced. Slashed. Controlled. Mastered. Dominated. Dismantled. You can use any verb you would like to describe what Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw did to the Pirates in a 1-0 L.A. victory Saturday night. But one works best. He Kershawed them. “That was the same as I remember him,” Pirates second baseman...

  • Season Previews
    Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: 21 Questions to Answer

    It's Opening Day, those two sweet words marking an event beloved by fans of all 30 teams. No more frivolous exhibition games or exaggerated position battles. It's a day indisputably tied to ideas of hope, but also to wondering and questions that will take 162 games to answer. Tom and Tim gave...

  • Season Previews
    Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Infield

    With Opening Day less than a week away and Spring Training coming to a close in Florida, it seems like an appropriate time to take a look at what the Pirates will put on the field next Monday when the Cubs visit PNC Park. The idea is to do one of these...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: Platooning Pedro Alvarez

    My initial approach with the Brandon Inge news tonight was the same as any minor league signing: acknowledge that it happened and move on. Danny Knobler reported that the Pirates are close to a minor league deal with Inge, who turns 36 this season. Like 99% of minor league deals, this one...

  • Analysis
    Is Cost Certainty Better Than Roster Flexibility?

    Is it better to have cost certainty or payroll flexibility when building a team?

  • Transactions
    Pirates Decline Option for Rod Barajas; Pick Up Option for Pedro Alvarez

    The Pittsburgh Pirates today exercised the $700,000 option for third baseman Pedro Alvarez for the 2013 season, while declining catcher Rod Barajas' $3.5 M option (no buyout) for next year. Alvarez's $700,000 option was expected, as it was a part of his original contract when drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round...

  • Analysis
    The Pirates Have Spent Big in the Draft, But Has it Paid Off?

    Last week, during the round table discussion at Bucs Dugout, a question was raised about how each team's draft results compare to their total spending. I've previously looked at the 2008 draft, noting the success stories from each round, and comparing that to what the Pirates got. Looking at the $/WAR for...

  • Season Recaps
    Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Third Base

    When Pedro Alvarez was struggling in spring training -- the third baseman hit just .170 over the 19 games -- many fans were passionate about sending him to Triple-A to start the season. Alvarez developed a toe tap at the plate during the offseason, but he and Manager Clint Hurdle decided to...

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