Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
Eddy Alvarez announced on his Instagram page he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which is presumed to be on a Minor League contract considering the MLB lockout remains ongoing.
“First off, I want to take a moment and give thanks to the Miami Marlins for making a hometown kids dream come true,” Alvarez wrote in the Instagram caption. “Stepping on my first Big League field wearing a uni I idolized ever since I was a boy, was probably one of the most unbelievable feelings in my athletic career. I literally played in my back yard!
“But… Baseball has its unpredictability, more often than not. I’m excited to announce this unbelievable chance to be apart of this historic organization. Here’s to 2022.”
Alvarez, who will turn 32 years old on January 30, has experience at second base, third base and shortstop. Alvarez made his MLB debut with the Miami Marlins last year and appeared in 24 games for the club this past season. He was outrighted off their 40-man roster in October.
The Miami native has hit .188/.287/.287 with five doubles, one triple, one home run and eight RBI over his limited opportunities at the Major League level thus far.
Alvarez has enjoyed more success in Triple-A, where he is a career .279/.377/.447 batter. The versatile infielder also has a unique story in that he’s one of just six athletes to ever win medals in different sports at both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
Alvarez played for Team USA this year and earned a silver medal, and he previously took home silver as part of the U.S. 5000m relay speed-skating team at the 2014 Winter Games. Alvarez returned to baseball after his time as an Olympian in Sochi, joining the Chicago White Sox organization.
What role will Alvarez have with Dodgers
The utility man figures to begin the 2022 season with Triple-A Oklahoma City and be among the organizational depth to spend time up in the Majors as well.
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