Pedro Alvarez < 500

This is an unpopular opinion, but I think there’s a decent chance that Pedro Alvarez will be the exact first baseman the Pirates need him to be in 2015. This is buried well underneath the throwing problems, the position change, the power outage, and the foot injury, but in 2014, Pedro Alvarez finally did the two things that everyone has been saying that he needed to do to become...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Fangraphs on Jung-ho Kang’s defense and the Pirates’ defensive strategies

The key passage from Miles Wray’s article: But I’d like to propose that, at least when it comes to fielding, Kang and the Pirates are a wonderful fit for one another, defensively speaking. I say this because Neal Huntington and his analytics team have been pulling off a wonderful trick for the last three years: in each season, the Pirates have put together an above-average defensive...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Exchange Arbitration Figures With Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, and Vance Worley

The Pittsburgh Pirates reached agreements with nine players today, avoiding arbitration with each player. For all of the details on those deals, check out our post from earlier. The three players who didn’t agree to terms are Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, and Vance Worley. Those players had a 1:00 PM deadline to exchange figures with the Pirates. The Pirates have been described...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Why it Doesn’t Matter That Pedro Alvarez Isn’t at Mini Camp

There’s something about mini camp that makes the entire event overblown. Maybe it’s due to the fact that the event is held in the middle of the off-season, during the time period where there is very little baseball news, putting a huge spotlight on the events. Maybe it’s because this is one of the few moments in the off-season where you hear from a lot of players, and hear...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates Have Almost No Position Battles Lined Up For Spring Training

This morning I uploaded the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Spring Training tracker. We have that resource on the site every year, allowing you to keep track of who has been invited to Spring Training, and their chances of making the team. The tracker also shows who is still remaining in camp once things kick off and cuts begin. As for this year’s tracker? It’s kind of boring. The Pirates...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #144: Pedro Alvarez | 1B/3B | PIT

2014 was Pedro Alvarez’s age-27 season, usually a magical time for most players when they begin the apex of their prime and enjoy one of their best seasons. For Alvarez this did not come to pass, and I have to guess that it was a very long year for him. In 2015, Alvarez is moving across the diamond to first base and hopes to achieve better results. Year Games HR R RBI BB% K% ISO...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Didn’t Hit Many Line Drives in 2014, But the Production Was There

It’s a slow period for baseball news, so this article from Fangraphs is something to hold you over while we wait for the first bit of news from 2015. Tony Blengino takes a look at the leaders and the worst hitters on balls in play in the National League. The four categories he takes a look at are pop ups, line drives, fly balls and grounders. It might be a bit surprising to see...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Links: Hot Stove Winners, Crossroads for Alvarez, More Strikeouts For Cole, Pirates Needs

The end of the year is typically a slow time for baseball news, although there have been a few interesting articles I’ve read over the last few days, providing some analysis either on the Pittsburgh Pirates, or on baseball in general. Here is a look at four of those links. **Every off-season, there is a team, or multiple teams that end up being labeled as “off-season winners...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

There Will Be No Need to Immediately Clear a Starting Spot for Jung-Ho Kang

A week ago, the news came out that the Pittsburgh Pirates won the bidding for the exclusive negotiating rights with Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang. The rumored cost for Kang will be four years and $20 M, and that doesn’t include the $5 M that the Pirates spent to negotiate with him. For the last week, one of the big themes I’ve been seeing in discussions about Kang is the anticipation...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates win bidding for Jung-Ho Kang … wait, what?

Talk about some news coming out of absolutely nowhere…I think everyone was genuinely shocked to learn that the Pirates bid just over $5 million for the rights to negotiate a contract with Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang – the 2014 MVP of the KBO (Korea Baseball Organization). The Pirates and Kang now have 30 days to complete a deal, or else he’ll head back to his current team...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The Rumors About the Marlins Being Interested in Pedro Alvarez Can Be Put to Rest

Throughout the off-season, Neal Huntington has said that Pedro Alvarez will be the starting first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Meanwhile, there have been some rumors about how the Pirates could still trade him. A specific rumor came up last week, saying the Pirates and Marlins discussed an Alvarez-for-Nathan Eovaldi deal. That deal sounded too good to be true. Eovaldi has...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins interested in Michael Morse

With the Miami Marlins unable to reach a deal with any first basemen, including left-handed hitter Justin Morneau, they have been in contact with first basemen/outfielder Michael Morse, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. The top free-agent first baseman option left on the open market, the 32-year-old is said to have had talks with the Marlins about potentially reaching...
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December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Have the Pirates Filled All of Their Needs Already?

Today might have wrapped up one of the most busy Winter Meetings I can remember. Normally on a Thursday, things have died down, the Rule 5 draft takes place, and it’s all over. This morning there were a wave of transactions that almost made you think the general managers wouldn’t make it for the draft. The Pirates didn’t have an active day. They didn’t select anyone at...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Seek to Move Pedro Alvarez In Potential Trade

The annals of time can accelerate like a freight train barreling towards its destination. Initially the center of attention comes your way. Status is bulletproof and approval is infinite. As fatigue sets in and the years pass, company declines and your moments of glory lose meaning. Adaptation becomes essential before an uncertain future leads to reminiscence, regret, and bewilderment...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez Mentioned as a First Base Possibility For the Marlins

Jon Heyman had a list of first base possibilities for the Miami Marlins, with Pedro Alvarez being one of four names on the list. from last night: marlins 1b possibilities have included justin morneau, mark trumbo, pedro alvarez, michael morse — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 11, 2014 Alvarez is currently the first base option for the Pirates, and if they traded him, they...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Have One Specific Need Heading into the Winter Meetings

Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings take place this week, running Monday through the Rule 5 draft on Thursday. The meetings are a time when things really kick off in free agency and on the trade market. For the Pittsburgh Pirates, I wouldn’t be surprised if the meetings are slow. There aren’t many areas where the Pirates need to seek an upgrade. **They seem to be going...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Panda Substitutes Are Not All That Thrilling

Alvarez (L); Chisenhall (R)The players mentioned as potential 3B substitutes for failing to sign Pablo Sandolval are less than inspiring. The two fall-back trade targets most often mentioned are Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez and Cleveland's Lonnie Chisenhall. Huh? Holy Disappointing, Batman! Alvarez is one of those "can't miss" prospects who has been pretty much "hit or miss" in his...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: No Clear Answers For the Pirates at First Base

A few weeks ago I wrote about the first base platoon, asking which players should stick around for the platoon in 2015. The Pittsburgh Pirates saw all of their internal options have down years in 2014, with Ike Davis, Gaby Sanchez, and Pedro Alvarez all struggling at the plate. Based on the career numbers, a platoon of Davis and Sanchez would be the best internal option. However...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Would Adam Lind Be a Good Trade Target For the Pirates?

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates were connected to every first base option that might have been available, regardless of whether the players were actually available or not. One of the connections was Adam Lind, with the Pirates reportedly asking Toronto about him, and the Blue Jays also reportedly asking for Neil Walker in return. The rumor mill last year said that the Blue Jays...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: What if the Pirates Keep Everyone This Off-Season?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have an interesting off-season. In the last two weeks I have been recapping all of the individual positions, noting what happened during the 2014 season and looking ahead to future years. Aside from the Russell Martin situation, and all of the decisions to be made on pitching, the Pirates have a lot of decisions to make that could go a lot of...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Is Josh Harrison the Future at Third Base For the Pirates?

For the past few years, the third base recap has been a countdown to nothing. More specifically, it has been a countdown to when Pedro Alvarez would leave the Pittsburgh Pirates, at which point the Pirates had no internal replacements. After the 2014 season, the Pirates are now in a situation where they not only have a replacement at third base for Alvarez, but also could deal Alvarez...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go From the Three-Headed First Base Platoon?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have some interesting decisions to make at first base this off-season. And by “interesting decisions”, I mean they’ve got a group of players making a lot of combined money, with none of them coming off a good year at the first base position. The three-headed platoon of Pedro Alvarez, Ike Davis, and Gaby Sanchez will probably make around ...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Pedro Alvarez will not need surgery on foot

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost last Wednesday in the National League Wild Card game to the San Francisco Giants by the score of 8-0. The loss ended he season for the Pirates, who won 88 games this season. There is good news on the injury front, as third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who struggled with a sprained left foot, will not need surgery. #455200252 / I reported...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Pedro Alvarez to be reassessed Tuesday

The Pittsburgh Pirates improved to 88-72 on the season following a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. Gaby Sanchez hit his seventh home run of the season, while Pirates pitchers scattered 11 hits and struck out seven. With the post season around the corner, there is concern on the injury front. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez will be re-evaluated next week to see when he...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Will Pedro Alvarez Have Any Trade Value This Off-Season?

It’s safe to say that Pedro Alvarez’s stock in Pittsburgh is down, at least among Pirates fans. That may even be true for the organization as well. Alvarez has struggled this year at third base, leading to a move across the diamond to first. He has also seen a drop in his power numbers, which led to Josh Harrison and Ike Davis getting playing time over him. Despite the struggles...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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