Carl Crawford’s agents are sending teams iPads

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Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Carl Crawford’s agents are sending iPads with pro-Crawford videos, preloaded, all the better to covet their client with. A couple of thoughts:

1. If there’s a team that can’t adequately assess Carl Crawford’s abilities without the aid of a pre-loaded iPad, they’re so dim that Crawford’s agents should have saved the $500 and just sent the magic beans; and

2. I hope that Crawford’s people also pre-loaded the NBC Sports Talk app, so that the teams can stay up-to-the-minute on all of the news and rumors we dish out here at HardballTalk, thereby keeping them one step ahead of the competition! Versions for the iPhone and Droid should be coming soon too!

(Too subtle? No? Good. I didn’t want my covert promotional item to be lost in nuance)

Orioles designate Pedro Alvarez for assignment

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The Baltimore Orioles are terrible and going nowhere fast, so they decided to do some shuffling of the decks today.

One part of that was to called up catcher Caleb Joseph, which was the corresponding move to sending down Chance Sisco the other day. Joseph will now be big league teammates with brother Corban. Aww.

Another thing they did was to purchase the contract of Steve Wilkerson from Triple-A Norfolk. He’s a utility guy who has been swinging a hot bat after getting a late start to the season due to a 50-game drug suspension. Good for him, but that’s bad news for Pedro Alvarez, who was designated for assignment in the corresponding move.

Alvarez, 31, started the season well but has been atrocious for most of it. His line on the year is .180/.283/.414 with eight homers, but he’s been far worse than that for over a month. The 2013 NL home run champ will now go through waivers and, at the end of that process, likely have to choose between free agency or a trip to Norfolk. And, given that it’s the worst team in baseball sending him packing, there’s a good chance that it could be the end of the big league road for him.