SARASOTA, FLA. — For the third straight year, the Orioles have signed veteran left-handed slugger Pedro Álvarez as a spring training addition.
The Orioles have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with Álvarez that will include an invitation to big league camp, according to an industry source.
Given the fact that the Orioles will likely have an outfield platoon and Mark Trumbo as the regular designated hitter, there’s really no space for Álvarez on the Opening Day major league roster, but the addition provides left-handed power depth at designated hitter or first base.
It’s not clear when Álvarez will report to Sarasota, but the team was preparing his locker Sunday morning.
Álvarez, 31, signed a minor league deal with the Orioles on March 13 last season. When the Orioles signed Álvarez last season, they did so experimenting with him in right field for the first time in his career.