Pirates' deal with Pedro Alvarez in jeopardy
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
By Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pirates' deal with first-round draft pick Pedro Alvarez appeared to be in jeopardy today, with the Pirates issuing a statement saying that Alvarez's agent, Scott Boras, has said Alvarez will not sign the contract agreed to on Aug. 15.
As a result, Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in the statement that the team had asked the commissioner's office to place Alvarez on MLB's restricted list.
In addition, the MLB Players Assocation today will file a grievance against the commissioner's office contending that Alvarez agreed to his contract after the Aug. 15 midnight deadline.