We’re at the end of November and the hot stove is still pretty cold. It seems like the entire baseball world is being held up by Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton, which is a major drag. Most of the signings don’t usually happen until during or after the Winter Meetings (December 10-14 in Orlando), but this year has been unusually slow.
• The Cubs just signed left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez to what we can assume would be a minor league contract. If you don’t know much about the nearly-29-year-old Alvarez, join the club. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies back in 2007, when he was just 17 years old. He pitched in the rookie league for the Phillies the next three years, appearing in 43 games (26 starts) and posting a 3.18 ERA over 172 2/3 innings.
On August 17, 2009, Alvarez started against the Mariners’ rookie team and threw six innings, allowing eight hits, no earned runs, no walks, and striking out three. The very next day, the Phillies released the 20-year-old. A quick internet search reveals no real reason why, which raises an eyebrow.
He completely fell off the grid, only to return four years later …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider