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Pedro Alvarez is one of the hardest players in fantasy baseball to own – especially in a head-to-head format. Nonetheless, Mr. Alvarez finished the 2013 fantasy season as the 11th rated player with 3B eligibility according to ESPN’s player rater. If you’re in an auction league you might have gotten a nice value considering Alvarez earned $12.43 according to Fangraphs’ Zach Sanders. His value for 2014 is somewhat of a mystery at this point. His power is phenomenal, but is there room for growth in other areas? Can he even maintain his numbers from this year?
Alvarez is the type of player that can carry your team for weeks on end – to some extent every player is – but unfortunately he can also drag your squad down to their absolute floor for an extended period of time.
Good Pedro vs. Bad Pedro
Pedro tied for the NL homerun title with Paul Goldschmidt by hitting 36 dingers. If you ask me, he should have won it because this one should have counted at least twice.
If you mana...
BEST OF MAXIM
Qualifying offers were due on Monday, and the big news of the day was the Pirates’ choice NOT to extend one to A.J. Burnett. If you weren’t aware, the qualifying offer is a $14 million, one year contract teams can offer to certain players set to leave as free agents. If the player declines and signs with another team, the first team would acquire the second team’s first round...
Pirates news and notes to start the week:
Remember this from last winter? The Pirates said they were going to come up with a new logo to use in 2014. Haven’t heard anything about it since…I wonder when we’ll see it?
Bucs pitching guru Jim Benedict reportedly impressed in his interview for the Phillies pitching coach job.
MLB Trade Rumors ranked the top 50 free agents and predicted...
In two weeks and one day, on November 20th, MLB teams will have to submit their 40-man rosters, complete with players protected from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. I’ve posted the players who are eligible before, and you should know the rules if you’ve been reading this site for any amount of time. If not, here is a quick refresher on when players become eligible.
**If a player was...
Ivan De Jesus is a minor league free agent. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Matt Eddy of Baseball America has the full list of Minor League Free Agents, including the following players from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
RHP: David Bromberg (AA), Brooks Brown (AAA), Erik Cordier (AAA), Jason Erickson (Hi A), Graham Godfrey (AAA), Doug Mathis (AAA), Luis Sanz (AA), Kyle Waldrop...
A.J. Burnett (Courtesy of Peter Diana/ Post-Gazette)
The Pittsburgh Pirates had until 5 p.m. on Monday to extend a qualifying offer to veteran pitcher A.J. Burnett, but the team did not make the right-handed pitcher an offer.
A qualifying offer is a one-year, $14.1 M deal, and if the player rejects it and signs elsewhere, the former team would get a compensation pick.
After the World Series ends, teams have a window of five days to negotiate with their free agents before they hit the open market. The World Series ended last Wednesday, so that window draws to a close at midnight tonight, officially opening free agent season at 12:01 AM Tuesday. The Pirates have a ton of free agents this year (AJ Burnett, Clint Barmes, Marlon Byrd, John Buck, Justin...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have declined the $14.1 million qualifying offer on all three free agents eligible to receive it according to MLB.com’s Tom Singer. The free agents are shortstop Clint Barmes and right-handed pitchers Jeff Karstens and A.J. Burnett. Refusing to make the offers to Barmes (who lost his starting role) and Karstens (who missed all of 2013 to rotator cuff surgery...
On Monday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale was able to break their eight game losing streak, winning 7-4 in ten innings at Peoria. On Tuesday, the same two teams met up in Scottsdale and the Scorpions were able to make it two in a row, winning 4-0 with help from both Pittsburgh Pirates players in the lineup.
Both Alen Hanson and Gift Ngoepe were in the starting...
In a light day of action on Monday, Jerry Sands went 1-for-3 with an RBI. He had a single and a sacrifice fly. There was only one game in Puerto Rico due to the weather. Sands is 1-for-7 through two games.
In the Dominican, Matt Hague went 0-for-4 in his team’s 4-3 loss. Hague is hitting .306 through ten games.
Gregory Polanco had the day off one night after having his 13 game...
Andrew McCutchen is a finalist for the NL MVP award. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle have both been named finalists for the Baseball Writers Association of America awards, which are the official MLB awards as voted by baseball writers.
Hurdle was a finalist for the NL Manager of the year. The award will be announced on November 12th. Fredi Gonzalez of...
There was a little bit of surprise when the 5 PM deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their pending free agents came and went this evening without the Pirates making an offer to AJ Burnett, so before going into the mechanics of the Pirates' decision here and what they might mean, I figured a quick refresher course on the "qualified offer" system is probably...
Francisco Liriano was named the NL Comeback Player of the Year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Francisco Liriano was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year tonight, beating out Jorge De La Rosa, Chase Utley, and Jayson Werth. This is not to be confused with the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year award, which also went to Liriano a few weeks ago. The obvious difference...
Pedro Alvarez has become one of the best power hitters in the majors, and has improved his defense at third base. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
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...
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano and New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera have been named the recipients of the 2013 National League and American League Comeback Player of the Year Awards, respectively, Major League Baseball announced today. The Comeback Player of the Year Awards are officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and presented annually to one player...
Francisco Liriano and Mariano Rivera have both earned honors for 2013 Comeback Player of the Year.
Rivera earned the award in the American League after returning from a knee injury that cost him nearly all of the 2012 season. Rivera had a 2.11 ERA and notched 44 saves prior to retiring at the end of the season.
Francisco Liriano earned the honor for the National League...