Jason Kendall set for shoulder surgery

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Workaholic Jason Kendall is going to have to learn to deal with some time off. He’s slated for rotator cuff surgery Friday that could sideline him into the 2011 season.
Kendall has a tear in his throwing shoulder that manager Ned Yost said he’d need 8-10 months to recover from. Kendall, though, is hoping to start the season on time.
The 36-year-old Kendall finishes the year at .256/.318/.297 with no homers, 37 RBI and 12 steals in 434 at-bats. He had started a major league-high 118 of the Royals’ 132 games behind the plate. Earlier this season, he joined Carlton Fisk, Bob Boone, Gary Carter and Ivan Rodriguez as the only players ever to catch 2,000 games.
Fortunately, Kendall has that foolish two-year, $6 million contract that the Royals gave him last December, so the injury won’t hurt him financially. He may well have had to accept a minor league deal had he been a free agent this winter, but as is, he can look forward to making a cool $3.75 million even if he misses a big chunk of next year.

Report: Orioles re-sign Pedro Alvarez to minors deal

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The Orioles have re-signed infielder Pedro Alvarez to a minor league deal, per a report from Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. The deal guarantees Alvarez $1 million if he makes the 40-man roster and another $2 million in potential performance bonuses. The team has yet to confirm the deal.

This will be Alvarez’s third year with the Orioles. After posting decent numbers in 2016, the 31-year-old was relegated to the minors for the majority of the 2017 season and saw only 14 games at the big league level. He finished the year with an underwhelming .239/.294/.442 batting line and 26 home runs through 595 plate appearances for Triple-A Norfolk.

Alvarez is expected to split his time between first base and DH this spring, and MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli notes that he’s unlikely to experiment with another outfield role. While he isn’t too far removed from his last productive season in the majors, the veteran infielder will function purely as insurance for first baseman Chris Davis and designated hitter Mark Trumbo and will likely begin the season in the minors.