Bartolo Colon thinks he can pitch three more years

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Susan Slusser spoke with the veteran A’s starter. He’s not ready to hang it up yet:

 

I suppose if it’s cheap enough. But really, you go year-to-year with Colon, I figure.

That said, why not bring him back next year? He went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA this year. Led the league with three shutouts. Ate 190 innings and made the All-Star game. No, he’s not likely to repeat that, but he obviously still has something left in the tank.

You rely on young guys like Sonny Gray to be the future aces, but having Colon around to take the ball almost every fifth day is pretty darn valuable over the course of a 162-game season.

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.