Alvarado was optioned to the minors Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

After wrapping up a stint with Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, Alvarado will now head to minors camp for the remainder of the spring, as he was never under any serious consideration for an Opening Day gig with the Rays. The lefty reliever is expected to open 2017 with High-A Charlotte or Double-A Montgomery.

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