Tag: Pedro Alvarez

Pirates’ Prospects and the Peter Principle

For anyone who has ever worked in any kind of professional setting, we all have seen it—an employee who is in way over their head. At one point or another, this employee was competent at their job, but that competence was rewarded with a new challenge that they ultimately just weren’t cut out for. This […]
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Cole Tucker and the Pirates’ Super Two History

Count me among the many, many fans who were shocked when they saw the news that Cole Tucker was called up to start at shortstop less than a month into the season. Tucker has always been a hard prospect to pin down. At first, many thought he appeared to be an overdraft in the first […]
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Pirates Focused On Cutting Down Strikeouts and Transitioning From Power to...

BRADENTON, Fl. – It doesn’t seem like the Pirates acquire many players on a whim. Typically, you hear comments about how they’ve been watching a guy for a long time, and finally added him. In John Jaso’s case, the Pirates had been considering him for first base for several years. “It’s been a thought that […]
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First Pitch: Current Pirates Offense is Better On Paper* Without Alvarez...

A few weeks ago I wrote about how Gregory Polanco is the key to the offense for the 2016 season. The main point of the article was that the Pirates were expected to see an offensive downgrade at first and second base with the departures of Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker, and that improvement from Polanco […]
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David Todd Podcast: The Alvarez Non-Tender, Happ, Pirates Pitching Depth

I had a radio interview with David Todd this afternoon on ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh. We discussed the Pedro Alvarez move from yesterday, along...

A Look Back at Pedro Alvarez’s Career With the Pirates and...

Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered Pedro Alvarez. Whether it came from a non-tender, or a trade later in the off-season, the decision to...

Pirates Non-Tender Pedro Alvarez and Jaff Decker

The Pittsburgh Pirates have non-tendered first baseman Pedro Alvarez and outfielder Jaff Decker, per a team press release. Both players immediately become free agents. All other unsigned players have been tendered contracts. The 40-man roster is now at 38. The fact that the Pirates are moving on from Alvarez isn’t surprising at all. The writing […]
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First Pitch: Should the Pirates Tender Pedro Alvarez a Contract?

Today is the non-tender deadline at which point the Pirates need to make a decision to offer contracts to all unsigned players. That includes any player with 0-3 years of service time, and more notably, any arbitration eligible players. In previous years, the official roster announcements have come close to midnight, so we could be […]
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Pedro Alvarez Believes the Time is Right For a Trade

According to Jon Heyman on CBS Sports, Pedro Alvarez has told people he believes this is the right time for a trade. Heyman points to Camden Yards and the Baltimore Orioles as a possible destination. The park is kind to left-handed hitters and Alvarez obviously has more value as a DH than anywhere on defense. […]
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Neal Huntington on Off-Season, Glasnow, Bell, Kang, Happ, First Base, Watson

Neal Huntington was on The Fan this morning, discussing the off-season plans. As you’d expect, he didn’t really reveal much, and gave the typical answers to the typical questions. For example, the first two questions asked if the Pirates could afford to keep guys like Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker, and Mark Melancon in 2016 and […]
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