Pedro Alvarez defeats Pirates in arbitration hearing

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Pedro Alvarez and the Pirates went through with an arbitration hearing over a gap of $500,000 and the ruling was in favor of Alvarez.

That means he’ll be paid $5.75 million this season compared to the team’s $5.25 million counter.

Alvarez is shifting from third base to first base following extreme throwing problems and also looking to bounce back offensively after hitting just .231 with 18 homers and a .717 OPS in 122 games last year.