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Pirates non-tender slugger Pedro Alvarez

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Let’s cap off a busy Wednesday of transactions with perhaps the most surprising non-tender of all.

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates have parted ways with first baseman Pedro Alvarez, who was due a raise in his final year of arbitration from the $5.75 million he made in 2015. He is officially a free agent, eligible to sign with any team.

Alvarez can be a frustrating regular — he strikes out a ton and struggles mightily against left-handers — but the 28-year-old Dominican slugger has averaged 28 home runs and 80 RBI per season since 2012.

American League teams should be rushing in with offers to make him their DH.

Pittsburgh also non-tendered outfielder Jaff Decker on Wednesday.

Cody Bellinger named NLCS MVP

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Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.

Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.

Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.