PITTSBURGH (KDKA 93-7 The Fan)- The Pirates open the season Monday against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. The Pirates recently signed Starling Marte to a long-term contract. Will Pedro Alvarez be the next player that the Pirates try to lock up? Kevin Creagh of SteelCityBuzz.com told Tab Douglas that he wouldn’t be in favor of that.

“Alvarez is not a guy that I want to get tied down to long term,” Creagh said. “He’s a guy that at the end of the 2015 season, I would not mind sniffing around and seeing what’s out there to trade. He’ll have one year of control left, and that’s when you want to shop him and see if you can get the next Pedro Alvarez.”

Creagh told Douglas that he is a big fan of the contract that the club signed Marte to.

“He’s already worth it, without ever even expanding his profile. He has the speed, the power, the baserunning, the defense, he has it all right now, and he’s only 25-years-old, so he’s only still approaching his theoretical peak,” Creagh said. “Even if he doesn’t improve off of this current plateau, it’s already a steal of a deal for the Pirates.”

Creagh told Douglas that Neil Walker wants to stay in Pittsburgh, but that there’s a difference in opinion on what Walker is worth in terms of a new contract.

“I just think there’s a chasm between what he thinks he should get and what the Pirates think he should get,” Creagh said. “I would definitely have extended him by now myself, probably bought out one, possibly two years, but you typically don’t want to get yourself tied down to second basemen for long-term.”

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