The Orioles and designated hitter/outfielder Pedro Alvarez have worked out a “temporary resolution,” for Alvarez to remain with the organization and stay at Triple-A Norfolk for now, according to an industry source.
There is no indication how temporary that agreement is — days or weeks — and whether Alvarez has a new opt-out date in his minor league contract with the team.
Alvarez, 30, could have opted out of his deal with the organization today – and he initially was not in the Tides’ lineup. But the Orioles and Alvarez’s representation have been negotiating today, and Alvarez was added to the lineup – at DH and hitting cleanup — before Norfolk’s game against Pawtucket.
The slugger is batting .223 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs in 52 games with Norfolk, but he’s been scalding recently – hitting six homers while batting .326 with 13 RBIs in his last 10 games.
His experiment playing the outfield has not gone well, and so the Orioles view him as a left-handed designated hitter only, and that limits his usefulness to the Orioles at the current time.
The Orioles are down to a four-man bench that includes utility infielder Paul Janish, reserve catcher Francisco Pena and outfielders Hyun Soo Kim and Joey Rickard. Adding Alvarez would hamper the Orioles’ bench versatility further – and Kim, Rickard or Janish likely would have to be removed from the roster (only Rickard can be sent to the minors without his consent).
So, it looks like the situation is status quo for now.
Another veteran, right-hander Edwin Jackson, also has an opt-out for today. He is with the Tides, and told The Virginian-Pilot that he’s undecided on whether he will exercise the clause or remain with the team.