The Oakland Athletics announced Monday that they have signed starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez to a one-year contract.
Alvarez was an All Star for Miami in 2014, going 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts and posting a 1.235 WHIP. However, his 2015 season was ruined by shoulder and elbow problems, and he underwent shoulder surgery in July. He made just four starts, losing all of them and finishing with a 6.45 ERA.
The Marlins chose not to offer him a contract after the season, making him a free agent.
“This was a good opportunity to bring in a young, accomplished All-Star pitcher who wouldn’t have otherwise been available,” A’s general manager David Forst told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Athletics are hoping that Alvarez will be able to start throwing off a mound during spring training, but Forst didn’t want to put a timetable on a possible return to pitching in the majors. The Venezuelan native will turn 26 in April, and will be under Oakland’s control through the 2017 season.
Alvarez made his debut at 21 with Toronto in 2011, posting a 121 ERA+ in 10 starts , but had a sophomore slump in 2012, going 9-14 with a 4.85 ERA. After that season, he was part of a 12-player trade that sent Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes to the Blue Jays.
He had an ERA of 2.98 (126 ERA+) in 47 starts over his first two seasons with the Marlins before the injuries in 2015.