The next day

It was just a regular day. Zach Duke was pitching in an afternoon matchup with the Cubs. You spent the morning wondering if he could make it past the fourth inning. Then you tuned into the radio broadcast and were blindsided by the news that Pedro Alvarez was refusing to sign with the Pirates. Then Duke went out and pitched a very solid game. Not your ordinary day. Other than the fact that the Pirates lost, of course.
There are plenty of issues in this case, but it basically boils down to two questions. Did the Pirates and Alvarez agree to a deal before or after midnight on August 15? If it was after the deadline, what does that mean? The Pirates claim that everything is in order. Scott Boras wants to prove that the deal was late, and then wants to renegotiate Alvarez’s contract for more money. I’m not sure how that could be a possibility, so maybe Boras is simply using Alvarez to attack the signing deadline that he seems to be so strongly against. This issue may be more of a Boras vs. MLB confrontation than a Pedro vs. the Pirates conflict.
From all that I have read about the subject, it seems that the most likely result will keep Alvarez with the Pirates. It is looking more and more like the commissioner’s office approved a deadline extension for the Pirates. But they should not need to contact the Player’s Association first because the collective bargaining agreement does not apply to minor league players. If the Pirates signed Alvarez to a Major League contract, I would be a bit more worried. If the ruling ends up going in the favor of the Player’s Association, there is a good chance it will only apply to future situations. In that case, Alvarez will have little choice but to report, or else remain on the restricted list. The other possible result would be that the contract is void, Alvarez would return to the draft pool for 2009 and the Pirates would receive the third pick in next year’s draft. That would benefit nobody.
One thing I would caution against is jumping to conclusions too quickly. I have heard many fans saying that they no longer want Alvarez to be a part of the organization because of this matter. That is ridiculous. I am as frustrated as the next person about the stupid situation we are in right now, and wish we could simply get Alvarez on a field somewhere. But this is a unique talent that, from most reports, seems to also be a good person. I would encourage everyone to wait until the facts come out before giving up on him. I am guessing that next year, he will be in the organization spraying line drives all over some minor league diamond. If that happens, we will all forget about this quickly. Alvarez would not be the first professional athlete to get off to a rocky start with contract issues, only to go on to have a very successful career. Just give things some time to play out. Hopefully, the result will be a favorable one.

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8 Responses to “The next day”

  1. Nick Says:

    Bringing up Mario’s early “squabble” just shows that MLB is 10-25 years behind the times. The NHL has a rookie salary structure (put in before the current salary cap) that fixes this problem. For a in depth summary, see this page http://www.faceoff-factor.com/nhl/1947/pirates-alvarez-to-meet-an-arbitrator

  2. gerry Says:

    Boras and Tar and Feathers. A beautiful picture for the maestro of greed. C’mon MLB, hire some detectives and prove collusion with Boras and Manny, and get him away from the game.

  3. Tony Says:

    Collusion AGAINST Boras (which the Pirates were already trying to allegedly start) would be a great thing for the Major Leagues. LOL. I know he’s trying to do his job but why is it that HIS name is the one that is on 98% of these “squabbles” ?!

  4. Thunder Says:

    One thing we do know is that Alvarez will not be playing baseball for Vanderbilt University next spring…no matter what the outcome.

  5. Randy Linville Says:

    Is Pedro Alvarez related to J.D.Drew?

  6. gerry Says:

    Tony, doing his job is to represent his player to get the best possible deal. However, ethics and boundaries are involved. His job is not to kill the golden goose which pays for those deals. What he did with Manny and the Red Sox, again manipulating the future of players and teams for his own profit, was beyond unethical.
    His name comes up the most because he does this repeatedly. His manipulations are hurting the game, determining post-seasons, and it is getting worse. He does not see beyond immediate profit, and has hurt so many teams and made pariahs of so many players that hopefully MLB will take steps to control him, before Boras spawns clones who finally shut down the game we love.

  7. Joe G Says:

    Call me inhumane, unethical, pathetic, whatever you like…but if Boras were to drop dead tomorrow, it would evoke no sympathy from me.

  8. Slack Says:

    I think we already have Boras clones on the way.Look what happened with Aaron Crow. Boras isn’t his agent.


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