Valaika could make the Opening Day roster as a utility player, Joe Trezza of reports.

Valaika is battling with Ramon Urias and Stevie Wilkerson for a bench role with the Orioles to begin the season. Manager Brandon Hyde stressed the importance of a utility infielder having the ability to play at any position, something Valaika proved he could do even in the shortened 2020 campaign. Even if he makes the club, Valaika would likely be limited to inconsistent at-bats, as he has managed only a .230/.271/.420 line across 583 career plate appearances.

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