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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.

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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.

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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 3 Months

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 3 Months

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.

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Alvarez (foot) could soon return to baseball activities, according to manager Clint Hurdle, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Alvarez saw a doctor earlier in the week for a stress reaction in his foot that sidelined him for the final month of the season. Once he fully recovers, he should be able to have a normal offseason program, but he'll need to be cleared first. Alvarez finished his 2014 campaign hitting .231/.312/.405, hitting 18 homers in 122 games.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 5 Months

Alvarez (foot) will not be available if the Pirates advance to the play-in game, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Alvarez was expected to miss 4-6 weeks after he was diagnosed with a stress reaction in the fourth metatarsal of his left foot on Sept. 10, so it's no surprise that he won't be available for that contest. However, if the Pirates are able to advance to the NLDS, there's a chance he could return to action, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington did not comment on the likelhood of this occurring, but it apparently isn't out of the realm of possibility at this point. Unfortunately, a projected playoff return is little consolation for fantasy owners who had been hanging on to him during the season's final months.

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Alvarez has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in the fourth metatarsal in his left foot, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The Pirates' announcement regarding Alvarez was simply a diagnosis, and while the typical recovery for his type of injury is just 4-to-6 weeks, this effectively ends his 2014 campaign. It was a tumultuous year for the 27-year-old Alvarez, as he lost his job as the regular third baseman and hit just .231/.312/.405 in 122 games. The power was still there (18 home runs), but his future with the club is decidedly cloudy.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 6 Months

The Pirates have an announcement planned regarding Alvarez (foot), Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Manager Clint Hurdle said he is not in position to deliver the news regarding Alvarez, who has not started a game since Aug. 26 due to a foot injury. It's uncertain whether the planned announcement has to do with the foot ailment, but it's a rather ominous development, regardless.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 6 Months

The Pirates are sending testing on Alvarez (foot) back to Pittsburgh in an effort to ascertain an prognosis for the infielder, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

"No update on Pedro. I'm going to wait for the medical team to get all the information that they've been putting together," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I think they were trying to get it to Pittsburgh to have our people look at it. Then we'll a full report with some clarity." Alvarez hasn't started a game since Aug. 26 and his return does not sound imminent.