Besides the thrilling battles for fifth starter, seventh reliever, and the last two utility spots (I'm rolling my eyes here), much of the focus in Spring Traing 2010 is going to focus on three players who almost certainly won't open this season with the Pirates. I am, of course, talking about Pedro Alvarez, Brad Lincoln, and Jose Tabata. For this decision, we're going to look both at the decision to start these guys at Triple-A (which should already be made) and the longer-term decision of how to handle them during the season.

We all know the deal with Pedro Alvarez. After the long layover that his contract negotiations induced between 2008 and 2009, he flashed some power but mostly got off to a slow start in Lynchburg, then destroyed the Eastern League over the second half of the season...

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