The Los Angeles Dodgers promoted utility infielder and multi-sport Olympic medalist Eddy Alvarez to the majors to replace infielder Edwin Rios, according to Fabian Ardaya. Rios, who hit .244/.293/.500 (118 OPS+) with seven home runs in 27 games this season, recently suffered a hamstring tear that will sideline him for several weeks.
Alvarez, 32, had previously played in the majors in 2020 and 21 with the Miami Marlins. In 115 plate appearances, he reached .188/.287/.287 (57 OPS+) with one home run and three stolen bases (on three tries). He signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers during the owner-imposed lockout and hit .304/.430/.500 with five home runs in 43 Triple-A games.
“I want to take a moment and thank the Miami Marlins for creating a hometown [kid’s] dream come true,” Alvarez wrote in an Instagram post announcing his deal with the Dodgers. “Walking on my first Big League pitch wearing a uniform I’ve idolized since I was a boy was probably one of the most incredible of my sporting career. I literally played in my [backyard!]”
Alvarez is best known for his efforts at the Olympics. He won a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, finishing second in the men’s 5,000 meter relay in speed skating. He won his second silver medal last summer as part of the Tokyo Olympics, when he and the rest of the men’s baseball team lost to Japan in the gold medal game. It should be noted that Alvarez is one of two people elected by Team USA athletes to carry the American flag during the opening ceremonies. (The other was women’s basketball legend Sue Bird.)
In addition to the Marlins and now the Dodgers, Alvarez has also spent time as a member of the Chicago White Sox organization.