White Sox sign speed skater Eddy Alvarez

June, 11, 2014
Jun 11
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- If the infield ever freezes over during a game, the Chicago White Sox might have found just the guy to get around the bases quickly.

[+] EnlargeEddy Alvarez
Streeter Lecka/Getty ImagesEddy Alvarez will be trading in his skates for cleats.
According to a post on his Instagram account, Olympic short-track speed skater Eddy Alvarez has signed a minor league contract with the White Sox and is in Arizona to begin working out with the club’s influx of minor league talent. Alvarez even posted a video of him signing his White Sox contract.

The White Sox confirmed the signing.

Alvarez, 24, won a silver medal in the 5,000-meter relay at the Sochi Olympics in February. He was a standout high school shortstop in Miami and in 2011 played one season of baseball at Salt Lake Community College.

"Playing pro baseball has definitely been a goal of mine," Alvarez told People magazine in February. “There were times when I thought of dropping skating completely and just focusing on baseball.”

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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