Alvarez has had his share of injuries but he could easily return to form in 2016
The Oakland Athletics announced Monday that the deal between the team and 25-year-old starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez had officially been completed. Despite being an All-Star in 2014 and throwing a no-hitter on the final day of the 2013 regular season, he was non-tendered by his former team the Miami Marlins on December 2.
The Marlins it seems didn’t want to tender Alvarez a contract due to the fact that he had missed the majority of the 2015 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. It’s true that Alvarez has had an injury filled past, at least while with the Marlins.
After the 2012 season Alvarez was part of a 12-player trade that sent him from the Toronto Blue Jays down south to Miami. In 2013 Alvarez spent most of the season on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. The inflammation returned last season and Alvarez was put on the disabled list after starting the season going 0-4 in his first four starts. Ultimately, he underwent surgery in July of 2015 to hopefully take care of the problem in his right shoulder.
The Marlins then non-tendered him and the A’s saw a chance to buy-low, they will be paying Alvarez just $4.25 million for the 2016 season, and potentially gain a starting pitcher that when healthy can be good enough to be the team’s number two starter after ace Sonny Gray.
Assuming the surgery took care of the inflammation issues the right-hander was experiencing, Alvarez will be a stellar pitcher in 2016. Let’s’ take a look back at his career and see just how good he can be.
For a brief review of Alvarez’s career up until now and how he has the potential to be a real asset for the A’s in 2016 you can read the remainder of my column on Today’s Knuckleball by following the link below: