Potential addition of Alvarez has O's pumped

Potential addition of Alvarez has O's pumped

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty was already exchanging messages with Pedro Alvarez on Monday night.

Flaherty, who was roommates with Alvarez while the two were at Vanderbilt, was excited that Baltimore had agreed to terms with the left-handed hitter, according to a source. Since the Orioles have not announced the signing, he couldn't resist making a joke that perhaps Alvarez, who agreed to a one-year deal, would change his mind and surface in another camp, as Dexter Fowler did when he signed with the Cubs on Feb. 25 after a reported agreement just days earlier with the O's.

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"Let's hope he shows up," Flaherty said.

"I think he does a lot of things that this team's had success with over the past four years and he's obviously a powerful bat. He's a good teammate."

Alvarez would add another left-handed power bat to Baltimore's lineup.

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"We've got a lot of power potential on this team," Chris Davis said. "We did before [Alvarez], but we just keep adding to it. I'm sure he's excited to finally have a place to call home and finally get after it."

Alvarez will reportedly make $5.75 million in 2016, with performance bonuses between $1.25 million and $1.5 million. The 29-year-old has spent his entire six-year Major League career with the Pirates, who selected him second overall in the 2008 Draft. With Baltimore, Alvarez -- who came up as a third baseman -- figures to be primarily a designated hitter, though he's also an option at first base, which could mean Davis will get some playing time in right field.

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"I'll never play right field again. Never, ever," Davis joked.

"I think it's going to shake things up a bit, for the most part. I think I'm probably going to be at first base most of the time. That's kind of the indication that I've gotten, but you never know. With Buck Showalter, it can be a coin flip sometimes. I never expect too much. I'm still waiting for that day when I come in and see my name in the leadoff spot playing short. I'm not going to hold my breath."

Alvarez hit .243/.320/.469 with 27 homers in 150 games with Pittsburgh last year. His best season came in 2013, when he went to the All-Star Game and batted .233 with career highs in home runs (36) and RBIs (100).

"He's a powerful bat, as big as there is in the game," Flaherty said. "I think a lot of the things he does is what this team's had success the last four years or so. He can definitely help."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.