Pirates president Frank Coonelly chatted with fans at MLB.com today. Highlights:
- The Pedro Alvarez drama will not prevent the Pirates from drafting a Scott Boras client in the future. Coonelly’s history with Boras was not a factor in the negotiations.
- Coonelly is confident Alvarez will be a Pirate soon, and doesn’t think the contract can be voided. He adds, "under no circumstance could Alvarez be granted free agency."
- The Pirates will not be spending $10MM+ per year on a free agent starting pitcher.
- Coonelly insists the Pirates were not shopping Ian Snell at the trade deadline. Jayson Stark and Jon Heyman said Snell was available, with the Bucs asking for Franklin Morales and two other prospects from the Rockies.