Jason Michaels is the envy of MLB outfielders, for now

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Here’s a surprising tidbit. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com writes that Mike Cameron, Andruw Jones and Jason Michaels are the only outfielders to sign major league contracts this winter.
He doesn’t count Ken Griffey Jr. since he re-signed with the Mariners
before hitting the market, nor does he include Hideki Matsui, who
didn’t play a single game in the outfield last season.

Who’s left on the market? Matt
Holliday, Jason Bay and Johnny Damon are three of the most-talked
about, of course, but there are plenty more looking for new homes,
including Marlon Byrd, Jermaine Dye, Jack Cust, Jonny Gomes, Rick
Ankiel, Coco Crisp, Xavier Nady and even Vladimir Guerrero and Gary
Sheffield, though they would probably be more useful as designated

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.