The Pirates caved. From ESPN.
The Pirates have agreed to a reworked deal with third baseman Pedro Alvarez, the No. 2 overall pick from Vanderbilt who was initially signed by Pittsburgh a month ago before a union grievance put the contract on hold, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday.
Alvarez and the Pirates agreed to a four-year deal Sunday night worth a guaranteed $6.4 million, the newspaper reported, citing three sources close to the contract talks. The deal is contingent on a physical expected to be performed early this week.
A source told the Post-Gazette the Pirates' signing of the power-hitting collegiate star would likely result in the voiding of a grievance the players' association filed Aug. 27 against the commissioner's office.
It contended Major League Baseball had violated its collective bargaining agreement with the players by approving an agreement between Alvarez and the Pirates shortly after a midnight deadline Aug. 15.
From what I can tell, Alvarez now says the original deal was legit, asks the Union to drop the grievance, and renegotiate the $6M draft deal, which means it isn't negotiating after the deadline.
Boy, these guys can sure argue out of both sides of their mouths. Alvarez/Boras say the original deal is bunk, but want to negotiate it. They got the Union to file a grievance to declare it void for that purpose. The Pirates said "hell, no!" but were under the gun, since they don't want to lose Alvarez, and thus caved and renegotiated anyway.
Expect these Boras tactics to occur more frequently in the future, which is disgusting, because they work.