Henderson Alvarez finishes in-game spring work, eager to take mound Opening Day
MAR 31, 4:40p ET | Christina De Nicola
Rotowire: Mar 29 / 8:09a ET
News: Alvarez will be the Marlins' Opening Day starter, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Alvarez will get the nod to take on the Braves for Miami's opener after proving to be the team's most consistent starter during the 2014 season. He's posted a 5.54 ERA with a strong 8:2 K:BB ratio over 13 Grapefruit League innings. Alvarez collected a 2.65 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 187 innings last season and will keep the top spot in the rotation warm until Jose Fernandez is ready to return over the summer.
StatsLLC: Mar 29 / 12:00a ET
News: Alvarez has been picked to start the Miami Marlins' opener against the Atlanta Braves on April 6.
Impact: Alvarez went 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA for Miami last season. The right-hander, who turns 25 on April 18, was the favorite because Jose Fernandez is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Alvarez pitched a no-hitter against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 season. Marlins manager Mike Redmond called the decision a "no brainer."
Rotowire: Jan 16 / 11:24a ET
News: Alvarez agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Marlins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.
Impact: Relying heavily on the groundball (53.8% GB%), Alvarez posted a 2.65 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 30 starts for Miami last season en route to his first All-Star bid. He'll be rewarded in his first year of arbitration with a significant pay raise, and while he doesn't strike out enough batters to ever be among the elite starting pitching options (just 4.8 K/9 for career), his contributions in the ratio categories and potential for wins on an improved team will make him a popular target in the middle rounds this spring.