Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com published several tidbits on the Baltimore Orioles yesterday in his 'School of Roch' column and among those was the Orioles maintaining an interest in retaining Pedro Alvarez, who spent the 2016 season with Baltimore.
Alvarez could be another late signing this spring, with the Orioles maintaining interest in bringing him back at the right price and depending on other moves that unfold.
Alvarez played in 109 games in 2016 and slashed .249/.322/.504 with 22 home runs and 49 runs batted in He was good for a quality 117 wRC+ and he accrued a total of 1.1 fWAR, his highest total since 2013 when he was an All-Star in the National League and he earned a Silver Slugger award while he was still with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Alvarez, 30 in February, has spent parts of seven seasons in the majors beginning in 2010, the majority of which was spent with the Pittsburgh Pirates whom drafted him 2nd overall in the 2008 draft. He instantly became Pittsburgh's top prospects and was one of the top prospects in all of baseball. Hitting has always been his calling card, while defense has been a problem for him.
He's played at both corners of the infield with lackadaisical results, however, the Orioles are thinking of trying him out in the outfield if he does find his way back to the Orioles. He is better suited as a designated hitter or left-handed bat against a right-hander, as he posted a .251./.326/.522 slash line over 334 plate appearances against them with 21 of his 22 long balls coming against them.
With a log jam of 1B/DH types on the market still available, Alvarez may have to wait awhile for his market to heat up. So far this off-season, multiple teams including the Orioles and Boston Red Sox have been publicly linked to Alvarez.null