Los Angeles Dodgers add Olympic medalist Eddy Alvarez

Sep 30, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Eddy Alvarez (65) dives in to the safety netting unable to catch a foul ball during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Eddy Alvarez (65) dives in to the safety netting unable to catch a foul ball during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have plenty of work left to do this offseason. They still need to add to their rotation and address the bullpen. First base is a possible question mark. Despite an impressive run of postseason appearances, the Dodgers are in need of help.

They have added at least one piece during the lockout. Two time Olympic medalist Eddy Alvarez announced on his Instagram page that he has signed a deal with the Dodgers for 2022.

Los Angeles Dodgers sign infielder Eddy Alvarez

Alvarez has already made history in his athletic career. He is one of six athletes to win medals in different sports in both the Summer and Winter Olympics, earning a silver medal in speedskating and as part of the US Baseball Team.

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That success has not translated at the major league level. Alvarez has produced a .188/.287/.287 batting line in his 115 plate appearances across two seasons, hitting just one homer and five doubles. While he has been reasonably solid defensively, he has not hit nearly enough to stick at the major league level.

As he is about to turn 32 years old, it is difficult to imagine that will change. However, Alvarez has produced a strong .279/.377/.447 batting line in his 929 plate appearances at Triple-A, hitting 24 homers and 51 doubles while stealing 22 bases. That performance gives hope that Alvarez can find some degree of success at the major league level.

If nothing else, Alvarez gives the Dodgers some depth at the upper levels of the farm system. He has appeared at second, third, and short in the minors, a potential option in case of emergency. The Dodgers likely will not expect much from him with the bat, but he is still a respectable depth piece when needed.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Eddy Alvarez to a minor league deal. He adds a respectable depth piece to their farm system.