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Pirates options: Rod Barajas declined, Pedro Alvarez picked up

Oct 31, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh made a pair of expected option decisions, declining a $4 million deal with catcher Rod Barajas and exercising a $700,000 deal with third baseman Pedro Alvarez.

Barajas knew the move was coming after he hit just .206 this season and has said he’d be willing to take less money to remain in Pittsburgh, but there’s little indication that the Pirates are interested in bringing back the 36-year-old.

Alvarez’s option is part of the original contract he signed after being drafted second overall out of Vanderbilt in 2008 and he’s under team control through 2016.

  1. redguy12588 - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:58 PM



  2. mazblast - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Both moves made sense. That’s the surprising thing, considering these are my beloved Pirates.

  3. historiophiliac - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    I waited patiently all day for the post about the Tigers shedding Don Kelly so Detroit fans could celebrate, but alas, it was not forthcoming…which was tolerable until I saw this post.

  4. steelers88 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Finally the Pirates get something right !

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