Pirates, Pedro Alvarez argue salary arbitration case at hearing

Pedro Alvarez hit half as many home runs last season (18) as he did in 2013 (36).

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Pedro Alvarez has asked an arbitration panel for a $5.75 million salary, and the Pittsburgh Pirates argued the infielder should be paid $5.25 million.

Robert Herzog, James Oldham and Dan Brent are expected to issue a decision Thursday, a day after listening to arguments.

Alvarez, 28, hit .231 with 18 homers and 56 RBI last year, his poorest season since 2011. He has made 79 errors at third base during the past three seasons, and the Pirates plan to shift him to first.

Taken by the Pirates with the second overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft, Alvarez made $4.25 million last year. He is eligible for free agency after the 2016 season.

Pittsburgh beat second baseman Neil Walker in arbitration and lost to right-hander Vance Worley.