2-Sport Olympic Medalist Signs With Dodgers


He's not exactly Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders, but Eddy Alvarez is certainly the only player in baseball to sport an Olympic Medal in both baseball and speed skating. Obviously a gifted athlete, something the Los Angeles Dodgers covet, he's signed a minor league deal with LA, as he himself announced on Instagram. 

As Alvarez noted, he got to live out his boyhood dream by playing for his hometown Miami Marlins. "Stepping on my first Big League field wearing a uni I idolized ever since I was a boy, was probably one of the most unbelievable feelings in my athletic career." That's certainly a big statement, considering he won a Silver Medal for Team USA baseball at the Tokyo Games in 2021, and another Silver with the men's speed skating 5,000m relay team at the Winter Olympics in 2014. 

The 31-year-old infielder logged over 100 at-bats with the Marlins in 2020 and 2021. He's hasn't yet found his legs in the bigs, with an average of .188 and an OPS of .574, but it's only been the last couple of years that he's been focused solely on baseball.

His minor league numbers are much more promising, however, with an .825 OPS in five seasons at Triple-A, displaying some power and speed. 

The Dodgers will give the versatile infielder a look at spring training. 

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