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Pirates unlikely to move Pedro Alvarez from third until after season

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The Pirates probably will not move Pedro Alvarez to another position until after the season is over, Rob Biertempfel writes.

That makes sense, obviously. The only position to which Alvarez could even be moved is first base, and he hasn't hit that much better than Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez this year, so there's little merit to having him play at first base over them while learning a new position. Next year is potentially a different story, and the Pirates could consider non-tendering Davis to save a bit of money, then installing Alvarez at first, at least against righties. That way, Alvarez would get an offseason to learn to play the position as well.

In the meantime, there isn't much the Pirates can do except give Josh Harrison the bulk of the playing time at third and find small opportunities for Alvarez where they can. Trading Alvarez might also be a possibility, although probably not right now -- I would think he would be claimed if the Pirates tried to send him through waivers. The Bucs only control him for two years after this one, and with his salaries rising due to arbitration eligibility, they're running out of time to get value from him, but he would probably still be an appealing buy-low candidate. So if the Pirates want to deal him, it will probably have to wait until the offseason.