Pedro Alvarez diagnosed with stress reaction in foot, possibly ending his Pirates career

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Earlier this week the Pirates expressed concern over Pedro Alvarez’s foot injury because it had “stopped improving” and today they announced that the third baseman has a stress reaction in the fourth metatarsal of his left foot.

That typically has a 4-6 week recovery timetable, so Alvarez’s season is over and he’s unlikely to be ready for the playoffs even if the Pirates make a deep October run. Of course, healthy or not his role was in question after throwing problems got him benched at third base.

Alvarez is under team control for 2015 and 2016 via arbitration, but given his $4.25 million salary this season combined with the throwing problems and underwhelming offensive production this could signal the end of his Pirates career. They don’t trust him at third base and can probably do better–or at least cheaper–at first base.

Selected by Pittsburgh with the second overall pick in the 2008 draft out of Vanderbilt, he debuted in 2010 as a 23-year-old and has hit .235 with 104 homers and a .742 OPS in 592 games while striking out 678 times compared to 211 walks.

Padres fire Andy Green

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The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.

Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:

I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.

In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.

“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”

Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.

For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.