Alvarez announced Sunday via his personal Twitter account that he'll return to the Milwaukee Milkmen of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball after he wasn't able to finalize a minor-league contract with the Pirates. Reports surfaced just over a week ago that Alvarez would join the Pirates' 60-man roster pool, but the soon-to-be 30-year-old right-hander intimated that Pittsburgh ultimately chose to bring in another pitcher to fill the opening. Alvarez hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2017, when he made three starts for Philadelphia.
Alvarez is signing a minor-league deal with the Pirates on Sunday, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Alvarez spent 2019 at the Triple-A level and posted a 5.94 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 37:18 K:BB over 53 innings. The 30-year-old last appeared in the majors with the Phillies as a starter in 2017, and he was playing with the Milwaukee Milkmen in independent ball before connecting with the Pirates.
Alvarez was reassigned to minor-league camp on Saturday, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports. Alvarez was in camp as a non-roster invitee but was never likely to make the team. He's made just seven big-league starts over the last four seasons, so his chances of making a significant impact this year are low.
Alvarez signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Monday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, per Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post. Alvarez spent the 2018 season with Quintana Roo of the Mexican League, posting a 3.58 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 64:24 K:BB across 120.2 innings (19 starts). He owns a career 3.82 ERA across parts of five big-league seasons, though he hasn't been effective at the major-league level since his All-Star campaign with the Marlins in 2014.
Alvarez signed with Tigres de Quintana Roo in the Mexican Baseball League on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports. Alvarez has thrown just 14.2 major-league innings since 2015, all with the Phillies last year. His strikeout rate, which never went higher than 15.4 percent in any season, has been at 9 percent or below in each of his past two major-league seasons. The 27-year-old has a 3.82 career ERA in 577.2 major-league innings, an All-Star appearance, and a 12th-place finish in a Cy Young race, but couldn't find a job in Major League Baseball due to a combination of his injury history and lack of strikeouts.
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