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Pedro Alvarez is not in the best shape of his life

Jan 28, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

Pedro Alvarez

Pedro, Pedro, Pedro:

It will take a big man to carry the Pirates offense next season, but not quite as big as Pedro Alvarez happens to be at the moment, apparently. Alvarez has put on a few pounds this off-season, and more than one team official isn’t thrilled about it. At last report, the third baseman had ballooned in excess of 240 pounds, at least 15 pounds more than he finished last season.

He’s young and he’ll lose it if he tries so this is no big whoop. And of course, he’s destined for first base anyway.  But really, dude. This is not what any Pirates fans wanted to hear in late January.

UPDATE:  Some readers are telling me that the source of this report — Piratesreport.com — is not reliable.  I’m not familiar with them, so I really don’t know.  Probably worth taking this with a grain of salt, though.  Presumably MLB.com or the Post-Gazette or someone will follow up on this soon and we’ll know for sure.

(link via Big League Stew)

  1. Joe - Jan 28, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Kung Fu Pedro?

    • billybeaneismyhero - Jan 28, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      Damn, you beat me to it.

      • Joe - Jan 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM

        You know it’s a solid joke if we both thought of it!

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Couldn’t Bug Selig just do the Pirates a solid and let ‘em have a DH?!

  3. Cran Boy - Jan 28, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Looks like he got carried away with his ROY vote. Wonder if Dejan Kovacevic feels guilty.

  4. xmatt0926x - Jan 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Could also be the realization that he’s playing for absolutely nothing with the Pirates so he doesn’t even care. I know we’d all love to just be able to play, win or lose, but it must be tough for these guys sometimes to know going in that you have no chance this year or for however long your with a particular franchise. And the topper is that you know ownership has no intentions of doing anything about it.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Jan 28, 2011 at 2:07 PM

      Hey now, they brought in Scott Olsen!

      Yeah, Scott Olsen, baby!! It’s like a license to print playoff tickets.

      The Pirates mean BUSINESS!!

  5. BC - Jan 28, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    The Pirates actually have an offense to carry?

  6. zunitalks - Jan 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    (1) Alvarez was already fat last year. (2) He was like a piece of Swiss cheese last year – he’s a terrible fielder! (3) At first base he doesn’t have to have much agility – perfect for his lack of athletic ability. (4) He’s only playing out his time in Pittsburgh anyway. Boras got the Pirates to overpay because otherwise Alvarez would have just sat out for a year. So the kid takes the extra money, establishes himself, and bails as soon as he plays out his option years in Pittsburgh. Any dummy who knows anything about baseball can see through it all.

  7. shawnuel - Feb 2, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    “This is not what any Pirates fans wanted to hear in late January.”

    Nor do Mariner fans. If Alvarez were in decent shape and miraculously gained some range, it would make more likely the chance that Pit goes for pitching in the draft and leaves Rendon for the M’s.

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