Alvarez was released by the Twins on Wednesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. Alvarez failed to earn a minor-league spot after signing with the Twins in January. The 30-year-old owns a 5.06 ERA in 48 career major-league innings and will likely have to prove himself at Triple-A somewhere before getting another chance at the top level.
Alvarez signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Thursday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. The southpaw spent much of last season with the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate, producing a 1.98 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and a 28:14 K:BB in 27 frames. He was released in early August, though, allowing him to test the free agent market this offseason. Alvarez will join the Twins organization looking for a big-league bullpen spot, though there are already a few lefties at the major-league level who could force Alvarez to spend even more time in the minors.
Alvarez was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Alvarez passed through waivers unclaimed and will remain within the Mariners' organization after being sent off the 40-man roster last week. The 29-year-old has appeared in five games for Tacoma thus far in 2018, posting a 2.84 ERA and 1.97 WHIP over 6.1 innings of relief.
Alvarez was claimed off waivers by the Mariners and was subsequently sent to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. The southpaw was sent to the minors by the Cubs after a rough start to spring training, but he'll now make a return to the AL West instead of going to Chicago's affiliate in Iowa. Alvarez did produce a 2.76 ERA in 20 appearances for the Rangers last season, but his FIP was well above that (4.67) thanks to some command struggles in the majors. Alvarez has some upside thanks to his past major-league experience, but he'll need to first claw his way out of the minors before attempting to climb the bullpen depth chart.
The Cubs optioned Alvarez to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Alvarez signed a major-league deal with the Cubs in early December and struggled through 6.1 innings during spring training, carrying a 8.53 ERA and 1.89 WHIP while striking out nine. The 29-year-old southpaw could make his way back to the majors for the Cubs this season, but is likely to begin in a low-leverage role once recalled from Triple-A.
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