Report: Orioles sign Pedro Alvarez to a one-year, $5.75 million deal

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Times reports that the Orioles have signed Pedro Alvarez to a one-year deal. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has confirmed Lin’s report. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the deal is for $5.75 million with an additional $1.5 in performance incentives.

The Orioles have been linked to Alvarez all offseason, so it doesn’t come as a shock that the two have come to terms.

Alvarez is a noted power hitter, having socked 111 home runs over the last four seasons, but his value has been greatly diminished by poor defense, which resulted in a move from third base to first base. Ostensibly, Alvarez will be used as a DH, which would force Chris Davis into right field and Mark Trumbo to first base, or vice versa.

Camden Yards should help Alvarez’s power numbers, as ESPN’s park factors rated it as the second-most homer-friendly park in 2015 behind Miller Park. And, as StatCorner illustrates, it’s particularly good for left-handed hitters.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.