The Orioles should strongly consider signing free agent slugger Pedro Alvarez, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com opines. However, adding Alvarez could complicate things for the O’s should Chris Davis come back in the picture. If Davis is re-signed and Alvarez is slotted in at DH, that would put Mark Trumbo in right field, and that’s a defensive liability that manager Buck Showalter might not be comfortable with.
If the O’s do not re-sign Davis, then Alvarez would make plenty of sense. The 28-year-old would help restore the power in Baltimore’s lineup and his bat would be a good fit for the AL East since Camden Yards and Yankee Stadium are two of the best parks for left-handed home runs.
While we wait to see how things progress with the Orioles and Alvarez (and Davis), here’s more out of the AL East:
- The Orioles showed Davis some loyalty by giving him his first chance to consistently play every day. He, of course, repaid that by turning into one of the league’s top home run hitters. Now, Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com wonders if loyalty will play into Davis’ ongoing free agency. Davis, 30 in March, is coming off a 47-homer season in which he batted .262/.361/.562 and is also the Major League leader in home runs dating back to 2012.
- In today’s mailbag, a reader asked Ian Browne of MLB.com about his thoughts on when Yoan Moncada might make his MLB debut for the Red Sox. Browne anticipates that Moncada will get to Double-A before the end of 2016 and reach Fenway Park at some point in 2017. In the long term, third base could be a good fit for Moncada, but he has the athleticism to play elsewhere if needed.
- Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald has three ideas to improve the Red Sox’s roster. Among them: trading Rusney Castillo and signing Alex Gordon.