Hess agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rays on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Hess appeared in three games out of the bullpen for the Orioles in 2020, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits and two walks across seven innings. The right-hander, who started 33 games for Baltimore between 2018 and 2019, will look to compete for a roster spot with Tampa Bay next spring.
Hess cleared waivers and became a free agent Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Hess spent limited time in the majors in 2020, making three relief appearances in which he allowed five runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out one over seven innings. He's worked as both a starter and a reliever at the major-league level with Baltimore, but he'll now search for a new organization during the offseason.
Hess was recalled by the Orioles on Thursday. Hess has been working at the Orioles' alternate training site since early September, but he'll return to the active roster to provide bullpen depth over the final four games of the regular season. The right-hander has made three appearances this season, allowing five runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out one over seven innings. Right-hander Dean Kremer was sent down in a corresponding move.
Hess was optioned to the Orioles' alternate site after Saturday's game. Hess was called up earlier in the day, but he was apparently only needed in an emergency, and the Orioles will add another player to the roster for Sunday's contest.
Hess was recalled by the Orioles on Saturday. Hess spent the last three weeks in Bowie at the team's alternate camp, but he'll rejoin the major-league bullpen after Evan Phillips was sent down in a corresponding move. Hess posted a 6.43 ERA and 1.71 WHIP over seven innings to begin the season.