Alvarez, Bauer sign with Marlins, Indians

During his tenure in the Dodger organization, Carlos Alvarez showed himself to be a diminutive pitcher whose style belied his size for he came right at the hitters with excellent stuff. It's a style the Marlins will be trying to benefit from for they have signed him as a minor league free agent.

Alvarez, who is only 5-9, 160 pounds, threw hard despite that and was able to move up to AA Jacksonville before elbow troubles derailed his career. He's been back in his native Venezuela this winter, though, throwing well enough that the Marlins are giving him this chance.

Also signing with another team was righthander Rick Bauer, who joined Las Vegas as a free agent this past season but who has now signed with the Indians.

Alvarez, who is only 22 years old, signed in 2002. In 2007 he began the year with Jacksonville where he was 3-0, 3.86 before his elbow problems. After rehabbing, he started anew with the Gulf Coast Dodgers and was 1-0, 2.08. Moved to Inland Empire, he ran into problems and was 1-2, 6.56 before drawing his release.

Bauer , who pitched in the big leagues for the Orioles and Rangers, was 0-2 but with a 3.60 ERA for Las Vegas. He pitched in 25 games. .

LA Dodgers Insider Top Stories