Eddy Alvarez, an infielder and a two-time Olympic silver medalist, has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to his Instagram account. Major League Baseball's ongoing owner-imposed lockout necessitates that Alvarez's contract is of the minor-league variety. (MLB teams are currently prohibited from signing players to big-league contracts, or from executing transactions involving players on a 40-man roster.)
"I want to take a moment and give thanks to the Miami Marlins for making a hometown [kid's] dream come true," Alvarez wrote as part of a larger post. "Stepping on my first Big League field wearing a uni I idolized ever since I was a boy, was probably one of the most unbelievable feelings in my athletic career. I literally played in my [backyard!]"
Here's Alvarez's post in full