SARASOTA, Fla. – Ryan Flaherty and Pedro Alvarez played together at Vanderbilt, and roomed together for two spring trainings when Alvarez was with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Now, the two old friends are teammates with the Orioles.
“Let’s hope he shows up,” Flaherty joked on Tuesday morning.
Flaherty was referring to the reports that the Orioles had reached an agreement with Dexter Fowler only to have him show up at the Chicago Cubs camp instead.
“He’s a powerful bat, as big as there is in the game. I think a lot of the things he does is what this team’s had success the last four years or so. He can definitely help,” Flaherty said.
He didn’t try to get Alvarez to come to the Orioles.
“No. I wouldn’t convince him. He’s my friend first and foremost. He wanted to go to a place that’s a good fit and he wanted to play for a team that’s going to compete. I think it’s a good fit for him.”
Chris Davis knows it’s another big bat.
“It’s exciting. I think any time you add a player like that it’s obviously exciting. We’ve got a lot of power potential on this team. We did before but we just keep adding to it. I’m sure he’s excited to finally have a place to call home and finally get after it,” Davis said.
“It’s going to be fun to see what this lineup can do.”
With Alvarez added to a lineup with Davis, Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo, it could be a fearsome batting order with lots of home runs, and strikeouts, too.
Davis may have to play right field occasionally with Alvarez on hand.
“I think it’s going to shake things up a bit for the most part. I think I’m probably going to be at first base most of the time. That’s kind of the indication that I’ve gotten, but you never know. With Buck, it can be a coin flip sometimes. I never expect too much. I’m still waiting for that day when I come in and see my name in the leadoff spot playing short. I’m not going to hold my breath,” Davis said.
Vance Worley was a teammate of Alvarez’s in Pittsburgh last year and knows what he brought to the Pirates.
“I’m thinking I got a good shot at winning. We definitely have a dangerous lineup. Spring training numbers don’t necessarily show it at this point, but once these guys all get rolling it’s going to be fun,” Alvarez said.