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.