Alvarez signed a minor-league contract with the Marlins on Sunday. Alvarez's deal includes an invitation to big-league spring training, where he'll be given the opportunity to compete for a utility spot on the Marlins' Opening Day roster. The 30-year-old switch hitter made his MLB debut in 2020, appearing in 12 games for Miami and slashing .189/.268/.216 over 41 plate appearances while going 2-for-2 on stolen-base attempts.
Alvarez cleared waivers Friday and was outrighted the Marlins' alternate training site, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports. The 30-year-old made his big-league debut this season but accomplished very little at the plate in 12 games, hitting .189/.268/.216. He'll remain in an organizational depth role moving forward.
Alvarez was designated for assignment by the Marlins on Sunday. The 30-year-old saw regular action for the Marlins during a brief stretch in August following the team's COVID-19 outbreak, but he's now been removed from the 40-man roster. Alvarez had a .189/.268/.216 slash line with six runs, two stolen bases and 16 strikeouts in 41 plate appearances.
The Marlins optioned Alvarez to their alternate training site Monday. Miami called Alvarez up from the alternate site ahead of Sunday's series finale in Tampa Bay. The 30-year-old started at second base in the 5-4 loss, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. He wasn't in line to see regular playing time while he was up with the big club, so Miami opted to remove him from the 28-man active roster to make room for right-hander Jose Urena, who was reinstated from the COVID-19 list ahead of his scheduled start Monday in Atlanta.
Alvarez was recalled from the team's alternate site Sunday. Alvarez was recalled after Harold Ramirez (hamstring) was placed on the injured list. He's in the team's lineup Sunday, batting eighth and starting at second base. Alvarez is hitting just .206/.289/.235 in 11 games in the big leagues this season, but he's also managed to swipe two bases.