Alvarez Headed to Oakland on a One-Year deal

In the midst of the spirit of conviviality, the Oakland Athlectics have signed free agent starter Henderson Alvarez to a one-year, $4.25 million contract with possible incentives of $1.6 million according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. He was non-tendered in an act of impetuousness when the Marlins decided the would rather loose him than pay the projected $4 million he would have received in arbitration. Alvarez  will miss the first month of the season in a best case scenario.
With this deal the A’s will have control of the starter until 2019, when he will be able to become a free agent.
After starting opening day for the Marlins in 2014 the Valencia, Venezuela native had a disenchant 2015 season, injuring his shoulder early on in the year, coming back, then re-injuring it. He only managed to pitch 22.1 innings and had a spurious 6.25 ERA with a 3.85 FIP. The season prior however he had a 2.65 ERA aided by a defence that in actuality ended up being a 3.59 FIP, but he had three “Madduxes” or shutouts.
The 25-year old Alvarez now amalgamates with a rotation that has its fair share of young arms. With the diminution of the team’s starting staff due to the Jesse Chavez deal, Alvarez, when healthy, brings an electric arm that can resplendently insulate Sonny Gray, who had a breakout season in 2015.
Once recovered from his shoulder injury, Alvarez will slot into the spot he once occupied in Miami as the team’s second starter, this time behind a different elite starter in Gray.
The former Blue Jay and Marlin will be insulated by Jesse Hahn, Kendall Graveman and Chris Bassitt, who are 26, 24 and 26 respectively. The team also has the likes of Aaron Brooks, Rich Hill and Jarrod Parker vying for a spot in the rotation.

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