One of those transactions involved choosing the contract of striker Eddie Alvarez, a native of Miami and Olympic skater on short tracks.
The 30-year-old Alvarez made his debut in the major leagues on Wednesday, in the first two-headed game against the Baltimore Orioles, playing second base. He is still looking for his first goal in the big league, as 0-for-3, but his team won, 1-0.
In 2014, Alvarez became the first Cuban-American men’s skater to make an Olympic team in the United States. He was a silver medalist in the men’s 5,000m relay on the short tracks at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Alvarez, who plays at Salt Lake Community College in Utah, has spent six seasons in the major leagues. He played 66 games for Triple-A New Orleans in 201
On Wednesday, Marlins manager Don Matingley was asked about Alvarez before his Premier League debut.
“He surprised me,” Matingley said. “I heard rumors about him that he would probably be available. … I really hadn’t seen much of him, but when I saw him in the spring, he was impressive only in terms of being able to play.
“He can hit. Left, his removal looks really good. Rectangle, he’s not pushing. He can play anywhere in the field. He’s smart, obviously accommodating, obviously with the achievements he had with the Olympics.
“You know (he) is a person who will be disciplined, in shape, take care of yourself and all those kinds of things, and that’s what you get with Eddie. We’re not afraid to play him. I think you’ll be good to us. He swung the bat really well in the spring and swung the bat really well at summer camp – and with a little thump.This man has a chance to do some things … … He was a fun person to watch and he is a good person who has to there is. “