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Pirates and Pedro Alvarez open to contract extension

Jun 1, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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The Pirates have yet to approach third baseman Pedro Alvarez about a contract extension, but there appears to be mutual interest in a possible deal.

Alvarez’s agent, Scott Boras, told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Post-Tribune that he is “open to the idea” of an extension. Meanwhile, Pirates president Frank Coonelly is on the same page.

“Open minds often lead to common ground and, ultimately, to agreement,” Coonelly said. “We also have an open mind on these issues and will continue to evaluate seriously the merits of a long-term agreement with Pedro, just like we do with all of our young players.”

Alvarez’s original contract with the Pirates includes a $700,000 team option for 2014, but he can void it if he qualifies for salary arbitration. The Pirates fully expect that to happen, so there figures to be some negotiating this winter no matter what. Even if the option is voided, Alvarez remains under team control through 2016. The Pirates would almost certainly want to buy out a free agent year or two as part of an extension, which could be a challenge with Boras involved.

Alvarez has struck out in 31.1 percent of the time in the majors and owns a lowly .232 batting average, but he brings legitimate pop from the third base position. The 26-year-old launched 30 home runs last season and has 10 in 47 games so far this year.

  1. mazblast - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Alvarez hasn’t proven worthy of an extension yet. Considering that, and the pleasure we get from watching Boras stew a little for once, I’d say that Pirates management would be smart to string him along while actually doing nothing for a while.

  2. drone501 - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    a very good fielder and streaky hitter. he has to be more consistant and make more contact, but i like em and hope they work something out eventually.

  3. modellforprez - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    if i was neal H. i would say okay u hit 30+ taters and the glove has gotten better but u strike out 500 times a year and your worth is not that high

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