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Storylines: Pedro Alvarez returns to Baltimore Orioles on minor league deal

The Orioles and Pedro Alvarez found a way to reunite and create an opportunity to get Alvarez's bat in the linuep. That plus all the other news and notes from around the league....

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- The Baltimore Orioles continue to slowly bring back free agents as the offseason progresses.  The Orioles have agreed to have slugger Pedro Alvarez return to the team on a minor-league deal per Tommy Stokke of FanRag.  Alavarez is returning and will be coming back with the intention to play the outfield for the Orioles in 2017.  The slugger has virtually no major league outfield experience and has been deemed a defensive liability after a disastrous run at the hot corner while with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He has reportedly been working on playing the outfield over the offseason but it remains to be seen whether he can be an actual defensive asset out there.  He will be joining an outfield mix consisting of Hyun-Soo Kim, Adam Jones, Michael Bourn and Seth Smith.  Three out of the four are left-handed as well so the Orioles have a bit of a left-handed heavy roster on their hands at the moment.  Alvarez’s left-handed power does play extremely well at Camden Yards as he piled up 22 home runs and 49 RBIs in just 109 games with the Orioles in 2016.  Playing the outfield is the only way he can stay in the lineup as first base and designated hitter are filled by fellow sluggers Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo.

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- Minnesota Twins right-hander Trevor May has been diagnosed with torn UCL per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  He was expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation this spring for the Twins but this injury will most likely end his 2017 season before it even begins as Tommy John currently represents the best option in order to deal with this type of injury.

- The Washington Nationals have requested release waivers on catcher Derek Norris per Jon Heyman of FanRag.  Norris’ future in Washington came to an abrupt end when the club signed veteran catcher Matt Wieters to be their everyday backstop.  They reportedly tried to trade Norris but couldn’t find any takers.


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