Ruthian-like Alvarez focuses on future

After contentious negotiations, Alvarez shines for Pirates on field this spring

Originally Published: March 26, 2009
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

"You can't walk away from the price you pay."

-- Pedro Alvarez fan Bruce Springsteen

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The details of Pedro Alvarez's long, lost summer of negotiating madness don't matter anymore.

It doesn't matter now who said what. It doesn't matter now whether Alvarez's original contract, from last Aug. 15, was agreed to before midnight, after midnight or only in the Pirates' imagination. It doesn't matter now whether that contract was later voided, grieved, shredded or ...

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