SARASOTA, Fla. -- With the Orioles set to add Pedro Alvarez, manager Buck Showalter said on Tuesday that Chris Davis will remain the team's primary first baseman. Alvarez agreed to terms on Monday night on a one-year deal pending a physical, according to a source, but the club has not confirmed
SARASOTA, Fla. -- With the Orioles set to add Pedro Alvarez, manager Buck Showalter said on Tuesday that Chris Davis will remain the team's primary first baseman. Alvarez agreed to terms on Monday night on a one-year deal pending a physical, according to a source, but the club has not confirmed the deal.
Alvarez's arrival, at first glance, means Mark Trumbo will see more time in the outfield and less at designated hitter. Davis is an option in right field, as well, and Showalter said the team has also been giving Trumbo work in left field this spring.
"[Trumbo has] already spent a lot of time [out there in the outfield]. He was out there with [Wayne Kirby] Kirb today at 8:30 in the morning while we were all having corn flakes," Showalter said. "He's been doing that, preparing for all the possibilities. We knew a possible addition might come, and we didn't want to wait until the end.
"We've been doing it since the day he got here. Whether it's right field, first base or left field, we'll continue to get looks. We haven't done a whole lot in the games in left field, but we've done stuff on the back fields."
Trumbo can also play first base, which is where Alvarez -- in the National League for the past six seasons -- played 124 games last season.
While neither Alvarez nor Trumbo are known as exceptional defenders, that could mean more possible playing time for O's Rule 5 Draft pick Joey Rickard. Rickard has been impressive in the outfield this spring, and he could slot in on the bench as a late-game defensive replacement. Nolan Reimold is another outfielder who could fit in a bench role.
Hyun Soo Kim has been projected as the team's Opening Day left fielder, but he's hitless so far this spring, and Baltimore also wants to keep its options open.
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