Alvarez takes physical, signs deal with Orioles

Slugger could make his debut with club as soon as Thursday

Alvarez takes physical, signs deal with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles on Thursday announced the signing of Pedro Alvarez, who agreed to terms on a one-year contract on Monday. He will be introduced at a noon ET news conference, which can be seen live on and

Alvarez arrived at Orioles camp on Wednesday morning to take his physical. His deal is reportedly for one year and $5.75 million, with performance bonuses between $1.25 million and $1.5 million.

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Despite the late addition, the transition process should be fairly easy for Alvarez, who is good friends with O's infielder Ryan Flaherty.

The 29-year-old Alvarez spent the first six seasons of his big league career with the Pirates, who have their spring home in neighboring Bradenton, Fla.. He hit .243/.320/.469 with 27 homers in 150 games with Pittsburgh last season.

The second overall selection in the 2008 Draft, Alvarez was named to the All-Star Game in 2013. With Baltimore, he's projected to primarily serve as a designated hitter, though he could also play some first base.

The Orioles released right-hander Andrew Triggs to make room for Alvarez on the 40-man roster.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for 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.