The Orioles have agreed to terms with first baseman Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez signs a 1 year deal worth 5.75 Mil and an additional 1.5 M in incentives.
The Orioles were long rumored to be after Alvarez, and once their deal with Dexter Fowler fell through, they turned to him to finish rounding out their roster. With Machado and Davis already holding down first base, Alvarez is expected to get a lot of time at DH, which will move Mark Trumbo into right field.
On the other hand, Alvarez’s power at the plate has never been in question. He swatted 27 home runs last year in 491 plate appearances, and has twice topped thirty bombs in a single season. Though he’s not much of an on-base threat, Alvarez’s overall batting line of .243/.318/.469 landed well above league-average in overall output.
That production is fairly typical for Alvarez, who strikes out quite a bit and doesn’t walk quite enough to make up for a low batting average. His left-handed bat should play quite well at Camden Yards, though, and he’ll join an impressive group of sluggers in the middle of the Baltimore order.
The Orioles currently have 6 players on the roster who have hit more than 30 homers in a season and now have one of the most potent offenses in the league. Additionally, Matt Wieters and Johathan Schoop are also 30 candidates. The Orioles expect to hit a ton of home runs, with a ton of strikeouts this year. Alvarez’s signing likely puts an end to the Orioles pursuit of Jay Bruce. Alvarez still will have to pass the Orioles very through physical, although no complications are expected. And with that signing, I can officially begin work on my state of the O’s column.