Bucs Reportedly Reach Terms With Alvarez

The Pittsburgh Pirates according to newspaper reports have reportedly come to a contract agreement four-year contract with their top draft pick third baseman Pedro Alvarez. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette cited three unnamed sources close to the contract talks in the report. The reworked Major League contract is reportedly worth a guaranteed $6.355 million.

The deal would replace the $6 million minor league deal that Alvarez agreed to last month. Alvarez did not report to Pittsburgh for his physical, and it was revealed that the former Vanderbilt standout would not be signing his contract. At the time, Alvarez's agent Scott Boras said that Alvarez was not bound to the contract because it happened under an unfair extension granted by Major League Baseball.

If Alvarez does indeed sign a Major League contract, the Pirates would be required to add him to their 40-man roster immediately. How this might affect the grievance hearing against the Commissioner's Office isn't clear at this point, though the Post-Gazette cited one source who believes that the grievance hearing will now be dropped.

The hearing before Arbitrator Shyam Das was expected to last for months.

Boras and the Pirates would not comment today on what appeared to be a pending agreement. Alvarez must pass a physical before the any contract can be finalized.

If the Pirates can get Alvarez signed quickly, the organization may still be able to get the third baseman into action and start his progression to the big leagues. The Bucs still have one unfilled spot on its Arizona Fall League list, which could go to Alvarez.

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