Six Pirates File For Arbitration
Jan14

Six Pirates File For Arbitration

The MLB Players Association announced today that 146 players have filed for arbitration. That list includes all six Pirates who were eligible: Pedro Alvarez, Vin Mazzaro, Mark Melancon, Gaby Sanchez, Travis Snider, and Neil Walker. The process to file for arbitration is only a formality, and isn’t really significant. The significant move this week will be when the teams and players exchange figures on Friday. Once the two sides...

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Who Will Be Tendered a Contract by the Pirates Today?
Dec02

Who Will Be Tendered a Contract by the Pirates Today?

Tonight (Monday night) at midnight is the deadline to tender contracts for the 2014 season. Any player who does not have a contract — arbitration eligible players and players with 1-3 years of service time — must be tendered an offer by the deadline, or be non-tendered. If a player is non-tendered, he immediately becomes a free agent. The tender deadline isn’t a big deal for guys making the league minimum. Those guys...

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First Pitch: How Long Will Pedro Alvarez Be a Pittsburgh Pirate?
Nov06

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

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...

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Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez Win Silver Slugger Awards
Nov06

Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez Win Silver Slugger Awards

The Silver Slugger awards were held tonight, with Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez winning awards at their respective positions. For the second year in a row and second time in his career, Andrew McCutchen won a Silver Slugger award in the outfield. Meanwhile, Alvarez won the first of his career, taking home the NL third base Silver Slugger. McCutchen had a strong offensive season again this year, hitting for a .317/.404/.508 line...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Third Base
Nov06

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Third Base

When Pedro Alvarez was drafted in 2008, the view was that he would eventually become a power hitting third baseman who would eventually anchor the middle of the lineup with a ton of power. He hasn’t emerged as a star, but Alvarez has provided the power. He’s also answered some questions about whether he can stick at third base, at least in the short-term. Alvarez finished the 2013 season with a .233/.296/.473 line, along...

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