If the Pirates are interested, Pedro Alvarez is open to discussing a long-term contract with the franchise.

Management has not yet approached Alvarez about a new deal.

"We're open to the idea," agent Scott Boras said. "I let the player make those decisions. We'll listen to everything, then determine if it's beneficial to Pedro's interests."

Pittsburgh president Frank Coonelly seemed to agree with Boras.

"Open minds often lead to common ground and, ultimately, to agreement," Coonelly said. "We also have an open mind on these issues and will continue to evaluate seriously the merits of a long-term agreement with Pedro, just like we do with all of our young players."