Newly-signed and freshly-christened outfielder Pedro Alvarez arrived at Orioles camp Monday and manager Buck Showalter believes the transition to his new position, which the team broached with him last year before he hit free agency, will be a good one. “We talked about it last September, about how it was something we kind of came to the conclusion for him to get on and continue down a better path, if he could present himself,” Showalter said Monday. “I’m going to be surprised if he can’t do it. Pretty athletic, kind of fits his skill set too. He’s got a plus arm, and he’s going to work hard at it. [Vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson] had talked to him a lot about it, kind of similar to [Trey] Mancini. He’s going to work there exclusively, and hopefully we’ll have a feel for it by the time we get toward the end. We’ll have plenty of time.” Showalter said Alvarez, who on Monday signed an incentive-laden minor league deal with a major league camp invitation that will pay him a base of $2 million if he makes the big leagues, will work exclusively in the outfield, and primarily play right field because of his arm strength. The 30-year-old Alvarez arrived in camp and had his first workout Monday, and recalled that conversation with Showalter and other leaders in the organization with an appreciation both for their wish to fit him back on their roster this season, but for their general care for him and his career.
Buck Showalter on Pedro Alvarez outfield transition: 'I'm going to be surprised if he can't do it'
Baltimore Sun | Mar 13