Henderson Alvarez SP MIA 2 Months

Alvarez agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Marlins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.

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 for many in the middle rounds this spring.

Henderson Alvarez SP MIA 6 Months

Alvarez closed his breakout 2014 campaign with a tough-luck loss Sunday, hurling seven innings of one-run ball.

A year ago, Alvarez tossed a no-hitter on the final Sunday of the season, but this time around he was out-dueled by the Nationals' Jordan Zimmerman who spun a no-hitter of his own. The setback closes the book on what has been a breakout season for the 24-year-old Alvarez as he worked his power sinker to a 12-7 record, posting an excellent 2.65 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 111:33 K:BB ratio across 187 innings pitched. Alvarez posted the sixth-best ERA in the National League among qualified starters while twirling a league-best three complete-game shutouts. He'll enter the 2015 season as the Marlins' de-facto ace until Jose Fernandez is ready to reclaim the top spot in Miami's rotation.

Henderson Alvarez SP MIA 6 Months

Alvarez was dominant Tuesday, tossing 7.2 shutout innings on five hits and one walk with two strikeouts against the Phillies.

He has a very odd stat line, as his 2.70 ERA and 1.22 WHIP make him feel like a solid No. 2 fantasy starter, but his 108 strikeouts in 180 innings place him in Mark Buehrle territory in terms of pitching to contact. Alvarez picked up his 12th win of the season Tuesday and will go for his 13th on the final game of the season Sunday against a Washington Nationals team that could be resting some regulars.

Henderson Alvarez SP MIA 6 Months

Alvarez collected his 11th win Wednesday, tossing six inning of two-run ball against the Mets.

He struck out four and walked two during the effort. After reeling off two straight quality starts since returning from a mild oblique strain, Alvarez' ERA is sitting at 2.82 on the year to go along with a 1.24 WHIP over 172.1 innings pitched. It's been a break-out season for the 24-year-old right-hander as he's tallied double-digit wins for the first time while also leading the league in complete game shutouts. Alvarez will take on the Phillies Tuesday at home.

Henderson Alvarez SP MIA 7 Months

Alvarez worked seven solid innings Friday night versus the Phillies, allowing one run on seven hits while striking out four.

After an oblique strain cost him a turn in the rotation, Alvarez appeared to be near top form Friday night in Philadelphia. The 2014 All-Star had been struggling on the mound in recent weeks, posting a lofty 7.36 ERA and 1.57 WHIP across previous three starts. Alvarez certainly seems to be back on track.

Henderson Alvarez SP MIA 7 Months

Alvarez (oblique) has been confirmed as Friday's starter against the Phillies, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

An oblique strain cut Alvarez's last start short and cost him a turn in the rotation, but he will toe the rubber Friday opposite Cole Hamels. Alvarez has given up just six earned runs over 26.2 innings in his four starts against the Phillies this season (2.03 ERA).

Henderson Alvarez SP MIA 7 Months

Alvarez (oblique) has been cleared to start Friday against the Phillies, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

Manager Mike Redmond suggested a Friday return was possible earlier in the week, but the training staff has officially signed off on Alvarez returning to oppose Cole Hamels in the opener against Philadelphia. Alvarez has had a handful of starts cut short due to injury this season, but he's been very good when on the hill, going 10-6 with a 2.88 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.

Henderson Alvarez SP MIA 7 Months

Alvarez (oblique) could return to the rotation Friday in Philadelphia, the Miami Herald reports.

"If everything goes well and he rejoins us on Friday, that would be a big lift for us," said Manager Mike Redmond about his injured starter. Alvarez was forced from his Sept. 1 starter after just 2.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and one walk. When ready, he'll return to a 2.88 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 159.1 innings pitched this season.

Henderson Alvarez SP MIA 7 Months

Alvarez (oblique) played catch Friday and will throw off a mound in the next few days and then the Marlins will evaluate his progress, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.

After leaving Monday's game with an oblique strain, it's not clear how many starts Alvarez will miss, but it's conceivable he could pitch as soon as next week. Continue to monitor his status over the next few days.

Henderson Alvarez SP MIA 7 Months

Alvarez left Monday's game against the Mets with a left oblique strain, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports.

It was a familiar scene in Miami on Monday, as Alvarez had another start cut short by injury, his fifth abbreviated outing this season. Despite the various minor ailments, Alvarez has required just one stint on the DL this year, and he figures to avoid the DL again this time around so long as he doesn't miss more than a couple starts.