Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 12 minutes ago

Alvarez hit two dingers -- including a grand slam -- in an 18-4 romp of Philadelphia on Monday.

He's hit four homers with 15 RBI and a .325 batting average in Grapefruit League action, but a 2:9 BB:K ratio continues to tamper expectations. By all accounts, Alvarez has made a decent transition from third base to first and figures to see the bulk of starts while platooning with Corey Hart.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 1 week ago

Alvarez hit two doubles and a home run Friday, raising his spring batting average to .381 (8-for-21).

Alvarez went opposite field for his dinger -- an approach he tried unsuccessfully in 2014. He's slated to start the season in a platoon with Corey Hart. Alvarez's transition from third base to first has seemingly gone smoothly, though the infielder still holds a desire to start at the hot corner.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 2 weeks ago

Alvarez (elbow) returned to the lineup Friday and went hitless in two at-bats.

He played five innings against the Twins before leaving the contest. Alvarez, who co-led the NL with 36 homers two seasons ago, holds one of the biggest potential ranges of outcomes in 2015.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 3 weeks ago

Manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday that Alvarez (elbow) went through an aggressive workout and came through fine, and that he's good to go, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Alvarez hyperextended his elbow Sunday, but it appears the issue wound up minor, as he should be fine to go in the future. It's unclear when he is slated to rejoin the lineup, but it should be at some point in the near future.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 3 weeks ago

Alvarez suffered a hyperextended elbow Sunday, CBS Sports reports.

Alvarez said that he's still able to work out, but he'll still be held out of the team's next few spring training games. Manager Clint Hurdle mentioned that he was not conerned, so it appears to be more of a precautionary measure than an indication of a larger issue.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 1 month ago

Alvarez won his arbitration case and will be paid $5.75 million in 2015, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.Alvarez shaved nearly five percent off his strikeout rate (from 30.3% to 25.4%) and improved his walk rate to a career-best 10.1% last season, but his 2014 campaign was largely a disappointment. The 28-year-old hit just .208/.250/.375 in the second half, ultimately losing his starting job at third base before a foot injury ended his season. He's expected to open 2015 at first base for the Pirates, looking to return to the 30-homer level for the third time in four years.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 2 months ago

Alvarez skipped the Pirates' minicamp last week despite the team's intention to teach and play him at a new position (first base) in 2015.

The organization and Alvarez have been unable to agree upon a contract for 2015 and are headed for arbitration. Pittsburgh recently hired former first baseman, Kevin Young, as a special assistant and one of Young's first duties was to help Alvarez transition from third base to first -- but the enigmatic slugger chose to skip the voluntary workouts. Alvarez has two seasons left with Pittsburgh before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Scott Boras-represented infielder is unlikely to sign a long-term with the Pirates and could be traded if and when he rebuilds his trade value.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 4 months ago

Alvarez's foot fracture has healed and he has begun his regular offseason training program, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday that Alvarez's success at first base will determine how much he plays in 2015. At the same time, the infielder's name has come up in trade discussions, though his value is likely at a low point. The Pirates have two more years of control with Alvarez and recently hired former first baseman, Kevin Young, as a special assistant. Young will likely work with Alvarez defensively.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 4 months ago

The Pirates tendered Alvarez a contract prior to Tuesday's deadline.

The organization has already jettisoned its 2014 first base platoon -- Gaby Sanchez and Ike Davis -- clearing the path for Alvarez at first base. He's coming off a disastrous campaign during which he fell victim to the yips at third base and was benched for weeks at a time. He makes for a high-risk, fantasy bounce back candidate in 2015 -- he led the NL with 36 homers (along with Paul Goldschmidt) in 2013. The second-year arbitration-eligible infielder is expected to settle for about $5 million. Look for the Scott Boras-represented Alvarez to find a new home sometime before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 4 months ago

Alvarez (foot) is expected to prepare for an everyday role at first base in 2015, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

In dropping Ike Davis from their 40-man roster Thursday, the Pirates effectively cleared the path for Alvarez to play first base, after the former NL home run champ regressed defensively at third base last season. Despite Alvarez's career-long struggles against left-handed pitching, GM Neal Huntington indicated the team would prefer to avoid using the slugger in a platoon with Gaby Sanchez. Such an arrangement is unlikely to prove kind to Alvarez's batting average, but some more guaranteed plate appearances could allow him to reemerge as a 30-home run hitter.